Chinese New Year's Day and Chinese Lunar Calendar
Chinese New Year's day is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month. The first lunar month is the second lunar month after the Winter Solstice in December. Winter Solstice falls around December 23rd each year. Therefore, Chinese New Year should fall in the second half of January or the first half of February.
In the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year's day is always between January 20 to February 20 each year. The first day of the lunar month is the new moon day. The new moon day might falls on the different day for each time zone. Therefore, China and US might have different Chinese New Year dates.
The 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year is on February 16, 2018 in China time zone. In USA time zones, the Chinese New Year is on February 15, 2018. We explain the difference using 2017 calendar in the following.
The 2017 Chinese Lunar New Year is on January 28, 2017 which is Saturday. This Chinese New Year's day is from the China time zone calendar. The new moon time of China time zone is at 08:08 a.m. of January, 28 2017.
The new moon time of the US Pacific Standard Time zone (PST) is at 16:08 p.m. of January, 27 2017. Thus, the Chinese New Year should be on January, 27 2017. The new moon time of the US Eastern Standard Time zone (EST) is at 13:08 p.m. of January, 27 2017. Therefore, the Chinese New Year is also on January, 27 2017.
|China Time Zone||US PST Time Zone||US EST Time Zone|
|New Year Date||New Moon||New Year Date||New Moon||New Year Date||New Moon|
|February 8, 2016||22:40 p.m.||February 8, 2016||06:40 a.m.||February 8, 2016||09:40 a.m.|
|January 28, 2017||08:08 a.m.||January 27, 2017||16:08 p.m.||January 27, 2017||19:08 p.m.|
|February 16, 2018||05:06 a.m.||February 15, 2018||13:06 p.m.||February 15, 2018||16:06 p.m.|
|February 5, 2019||05:04 a.m.||February 4, 2019||13:04 p.m.||February 4, 2019||16:04 p.m.|
|January 25, 2020||05:43 a.m.||January 24, 2020||13:43 p.m.||January 24, 2020||16:43 p.m.|
|February 12, 2021||03:06 a.m.||February 11, 2021||11:06 a.m.||February 11, 2021||14:06 p.m.|
|February 1, 2022||13:47 p.m.||January 31, 2022||21:47 p.m.||February 1, 2022||00:47 p.m.|
|January 22, 2023||04:54 a.m.||January 21, 2023||12:54 p.m.||January 21, 2023||15:54 p.m.|
|February 10, 2024||07:00 a.m.||February 9, 2024||15:00 p.m.||February 9, 2024||18:00 p.m.|
|January 29, 2025||20:37 p.m.||January, 29 2025||04:37 a.m.||January 29, 2025||07:37 a.m.|
Chinese Horoscope Calendar is different from Chinese Lunar Calendar
The first day of Chinese lunar year is the Chinese New Year. The first day of Chinese Horoscope year is the first day of the Tiger month. Tiger is the third animal sign after Rat and Cow. Rat month is the zodiac month contains the Winter Solstice. Rat month begins from the sun enters the 255th degree on the tropical zodiac. Cow month begins from the sun enters the 285th degree on the tropical zodiac. Tiger month begins from the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. Tiger month starts around February 4th each year. For example, Tiger month of 2017 begins at 23:35 p.m. February 3, 2017 in Chins time zone. Many people confuse about Chinese New Year's day and the Yearly Chinese astrological day.