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Event: 2020 Chinese New Year - January 25, 2020
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2020 Chinese New Year is on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in China's time zone. This day is the first new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 05:43 a.m. on January 25, 2020, in China standard time zone, GMT+8.

2020 is the Chinese 4717th Year. Chinese calendar also uses a cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting system. Since (60 * 78) + 37 = 4717, 2020 is the 37th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Male Metal Rat is the name of 37th Stem-Branch. Therefore, 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat. Because White is connected to Metal, 2020 is also called White Metal Rat Year. The Chinese character of Metal is the same as Gold. Therefore, 2020 is the Golden Rat Year.

Chinese Astrology does not simply use the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Chinese Astrology is a theory of Yin and Yang. Yin is the Earth and Yang is the Sun. Therefore, Chinese Astrology also uses the solar calendar. The first day of the astrological year is on February 4, 2020. More about 2020 Metal Rat New Year...

Chinese New Year's Day and Chinese Lunar Calendar

The Chinese New Year's Day is the new moon day of the first lunar month. According to the Chinese Lunar calendar, the first lunar month is the second new moon after the lunar month contains Winter Solstice. The day of Winter Solstice is around December 23 in the western Gregorian calendar. As a result, Chinese New Year might fall in the second half of January or the first half of February.

Chinese calendar combines lunar, solar and color-animal (Stem-Branch) counting systems. The lunar counting system mainly is to count the lunar month. The solar counting system is to count the year and solar month for agriculture activities. The color animal is to count every single solar day. In the beginning, color animal counts only for the day. Later, Five Element scholars applied color animals on Year and Month cycles.

There are 12 animals, which are Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog, Pig, in the counting system. The Chinese calendar needs to assign a unique animal name for each day inside the lunar month. sometimes, the Chinese Lunar Calendar needs to add an extra lunar month (Leap Lunar Month) in the cycle to match the speed of the solar cycle. For example, the Chinese calendar of the year 2006 has two 7th lunar months. A lunar month contains 29 or 30 days. Therefore, the Chinese calendar needs 60 different animal names to make every single day unique for the case of leap lunar month.

To make the 60 unique color animal names, the Chinese add the name of Five Elements, which are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth, on the top of animal names. Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth are connected to the colors of White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown respectively. That's why each Chinese year has a color animal name. The first sign of 60 color animals is the Green-Wood Rat, which can be found in 1924 and 1984.

The first day of the animal year is different from the Chinese New Year's Day. The animal year starts on the first day of the Tiger month. Tiger month begins from the day when Sun enters the ecliptic 315-degree position, which is around February 4 Gregorian calendar. That means the animal month is a solar month, not a lunar month. This is why many people who born in January or February confuse about their animal sign of the birth year. To verify the exact animal sign of birth year goes to use the free online Chinese Astrological Animal Sign page.

Because the Chinese New Year's day is based on the New Moon Day and different time zones might have different new moon days in the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year Days might fall different days in the USA time zones.

When is the Chinese New Year?

The following Chinese New Year Dates are calculated based on China time zone, which is east longitude 120-degree time.

Chinese Zodiac Sign PredictionChinese New Year DateFirst Day of Animal Year
2022 Black Water Tiger YearFebruary 1, 2022February 4, 2022
2021 White Metal Cow YearFebruary 12, 2021February 3, 2021
2020 White Metal Rat YearJanuary 25, 2020February 4, 2020
2019 Brown Earth Pig YearFebruary 5, 2019February 4, 2019
2018 Brown Earth Dog YearFebruary 16, 2018February 4, 2018
2017 Red Fire Chicken YearJanuary 28, 2017February 3, 2017
2016 Red Fire Monkey YearFebruary 8, 2016February 4, 2016
2015 Green Wood Sheep YearFebruary 19, 2015February 4, 2015
2014 Green Wood Horse YearJanuary 31, 2014February 4, 2014
2013 Black Water Snake YearFebruary 10, 2013February 4, 2013
2012 Black Water Dragon YearJanuary 23, 2012February 4, 2012
2011 White Metal Rabbit YearFebruary 3, 2011February 4, 2011
2010 White Metal Tiger YearFebruary 14, 2010 February 4, 2010
2009 Brown Earth Cow YearJanuary 26, 2009 February 4, 2009
2008 Brown Earth Rat YearFebruary 7, 2008February 4, 2008
2007 Red Fire Pig YearFebruary 18, 2007February 4, 2007
2006 Red Fire Dog YearJanuary 29, 2006February 4, 2006
2005 Green Wood Chicken YearFebruary 9, 2005February 4, 2005
2004 Green Wood Monkey YearJanuary 22, 2004February 4, 2004
2003 Black Water Sheep YearFebruary 1, 2003February 4, 2003
2002 Black Water Horse YearFebruary 12, 2002February 4, 2002
2001 White Metal Snake YearJanuary 24, 2001February 4, 2001
2000 White Metal Dragon YearFebruary 5, 2000February 4, 2000
     
1900 White Metal Rat YearJanuary 31, 1900February 4, 1900
1901 White Metal Cow YearFebruary 19, 1901February 4, 1901
1902 Black Water Tiger YearFebruary 8, 1902February 5, 1902
1903 Black Water Rabbit YearJanuary 29, 1903February 5, 1903
1904 Green Wood Dragon YearFebruary 16, 1904February 5, 1904
1905 Green Wood Snake YearFebruary 4, 1905February 4, 1905
1906 Red Fire Horse YearJanuary 25, 1906February 5, 1906
1907 Red Fire Sheep YearFebruary 13, 1907February 5, 1907
1908 Brown Earth Monkey YearFebruary 2, 1908February 5, 1908
1909 Brown Earth Chicken YearJanuary 22, 1909February 4, 1909
1910 White Metal Dog YearFebruary 10, 1910February 5, 1910
1911 White Metal Pig YearJanuary 30, 1911February 5, 1911
1912 Black Water Rat YearFebruary 18, 1912February 5, 1912
1913 Black Water Cow YearFebruary 6, 1913February 4, 1913
1914 Green Wood Tiger YearJanuary 26, 1914February 4, 1914
1915 Green Wood Rabbit YearFebruary 14, 1915February 5, 1915
1916 Red Fire Dragon YearFebruary 4, 1916February 5, 1916
1917 Red Fire Snake YearJanuary 23, 1917February 4, 1917
1918 Brown Earth Horse YearFebruary 11, 1918February 4, 1918
1919 Brown Earth Sheep YearFebruary 1, 1919February 5, 1919
1920 White Metal Monkey YearFebruary 20, 1920February 5, 1920
1921 White Metal Chicken YearFebruary 8, 1921February 4, 1921
1922 Black Water Dog YearJanuary 28, 1922February 4, 1922
1923 Black Water Pig YearFebruary 16, 1923February 5, 1923
1924 Green Wood Rat YearFebruary 5, 1924February 5, 1924
1925 Green Wood Cow YearJanuary 24, 1925February 4, 1925
1926 Red Fire Tiger YearFebruary 13, 1926February 4, 1926
1927 Red Fire Rabbit YearFebruary 2, 1927February 5, 1927
1928 Brown Earth Dragon YearJanuary 23, 1928February 5, 1928
1929 Brown Earth Snake YearFebruary 10, 1929February 4, 1929
1930 White Metal Horse YearJanuary 30, 1930February 4, 1930
1931 White Metal Sheep YearFebruary 17, 1931February 5, 1931
1932 Black Water Monkey YearFebruary 6, 1932February 5, 1932
1933 Black Water Chicken YearJanuary 26, 1933February 4, 1933
1934 Green Wood Dog YearFebruary 14, 1934February 4, 1934
1935 Green Wood Pig YearFebruary 4, 1935February 5, 1935
1936 Red Fire Rat YearJanuary 24, 1936February 5, 1936
1937 Red Fire Cow YearFebruary 11, 1937February 4, 1937
1938 Brown Earth Tiger YearJanuary 31, 1938February 4, 1938
1939 Brown Earth Rabbit YearFebruary 19, 1939February 5, 1939
1940 White Metal Dragon YearFebruary 8, 1940February 5, 1940
1941 White Metal Snake YearJanuary 27, 1941February 4, 1941
1942 Black Water Horse YearFebruary 15, 1942February 4, 1942
1943 Black Water Sheep YearFebruary 5, 1943February 5, 1943
1944 Green Wood Monkey YearJanuary 25, 1944February 5, 1944
1945 Green Wood Chicken YearFebruary 13, 1945February 4, 1945
1946 Red Fire Dog YearFebruary 2, 1946February 4, 1946
1947 Red Fire Pig YearJanuary 22, 1947February 4, 1947
1948 Brown Earth Rat YearFebruary 10, 1948February 5, 1948
1949 Brown Earth Cow YearJanuary 29, 1949February 4, 1949
1950 White Metal Tiger YearFebruary 17, 1950February 4, 1950
1951 White Metal Rabbit YearFebruary 6, 1951February 4, 1951
1952 Black Water Dragon YearJanuary 27, 1952February 5, 1952
1953 Black Water Snake YearFebruary 14, 1953February 4, 1953
1954 Green Wood Horse YearFebruary 3, 1954February 4, 1954
1955 Green Wood Sheep YearJanuary 24, 1955February 4, 1955
1956 Red Fire Monkey YearFebruary 12, 1956February 5, 1956
1957 Red Fire Chicken YearJanuary 31, 1957February 4, 1957
1958 Brown Earth Dog YearFebruary 18, 1958February 4, 1958
1959 Brown Earth Pig YearFebruary 8, 1959February 4, 1959
1960 White Metal Rat YearJanuary 28, 1960February 5, 1960
1961 White Metal Cow YearFebruary 15, 1961February 4, 1961
1962 Black Water Tiger YearFebruary 5, 1962February 4, 1962
1963 Black Water Rabbit YearJanuary 25, 1963February 4, 1963
1964 Green Wood Dragon YearFebruary 13, 1964February 5, 1964
1965 Green Wood Snake YearFebruary 2, 1965February 4, 1965
1966 Red Fire Horse YearJanuary 21, 1966February 4, 1966
1967 Red Fire Sheep YearFebruary 9, 1967February 4, 1967
1968 Brown Earth Monkey YearJanuary 30, 1968February 5, 1968
1969 Brown Earth Chicken YearFebruary 17, 1969February 4, 1969
1970 White Metal Dog YearFebruary 6, 1970February 4, 1970
1971 White Metal Pig YearJanuary 27, 1971February 4, 1971
1972 Black Water Rat YearFebruary 15, 1972February 5, 1972
1973 Black Water Cow YearFebruary 3, 1973February 4, 1973
1974 Green Wood Tiger YearJanuary 23, 1974February 4, 1974
1975 Green Wood Rabbit YearFebruary 11, 1975February 4, 1975
1976 Red Fire Dragon YearJanuary 31, 1976February 5, 1976
1977 Red Fire Snake YearFebruary 18, 1977February 4, 1977
1978 Brown Earth Horse YearFebruary 7, 1978February 4, 1978
1979 Brown Earth Sheep YearJanuary 28, 1979February 4, 1979
1980 White Metal Monkey YearFebruary 16, 1980February 5, 1980
1981 White Metal Chicken YearFebruary 5, 1981February 4, 1981
1982 Black Water Dog YearJanuary 25, 1982February 4, 1982
1983 Black Water Pig YearFebruary 13, 1983February 4, 1983
1984 Green Wood Rat YearFebruary 2, 1984February 4, 1984
1985 Green Wood Cow YearFebruary 20, 1985February 4, 1985
1986 Red Fire Tiger YearFebruary 9, 1986February 4, 1986
1987 Red Fire Rabbit YearJanuary 29, 1987February 4, 1987
1988 Brown Earth Dragon YearFebruary 17, 1988February 4, 1988
1989 Brown Earth Snake YearFebruary 6, 1989February 4, 1989
1990 White Metal Horse YearJanuary 27, 1990February 4, 1990
1991 White Metal Sheep YearFebruary 15, 1991February 4, 1991
1992 Black Water Monkey YearFebruary 4, 1992February 4, 1992
1993 Black Water Chicken YearJanuary 23, 1993February 4, 1993
1994 Green Wood Dog YearFebruary 10, 1994February 4, 1994
1995 Green Wood Pig YearJanuary 31, 1995February 4, 1995
1996 Red Fire Rat YearFebruary 19, 1996February 4, 1996
1997 Red Fire Cow YearFebruary 7, 1997February 4, 1997
1998 Brown Earth Tiger YearJanuary 28, 1998February 4, 1998
1999 Brown Earth Rabbit YearFebruary 16, 1999February 4, 1999

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