When Is Chinese New Year 2017?.
The Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and a 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of: Yin Yang, the Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences.
The Five elements are connected to Five colors – White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color & animal name to count the year.
The name of 2017 is the Yin Fire Chicken. Red is connected to Fire. Therefore, 2017 is also called The Red Fire Chicken Year.
The first day of the Red Fire Chicken is not the Chinese New Year in Chinese Astrology.
The standard public holiday for (Mainland) Chinese is the 7 days from Chinese New Year’s Eve to day 6 of the lunar calendar new year (January 27 – February 2, 2017).
- Chinese New Year’s Eve: the day of family reunions
On a Chinese calendar: 除夕 Chúxī /choo-sshee/ ‘getting-rid-of evening’
- Chinese New Year’s Day: the day of (close) family visits and New Year greetings
On a Chinese calendar: 初一 Chūyī /choo-ee/ ‘first 1’
The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2017 Chinese Red Chicken starts on February 3, 2017 in China’s time zone. That means Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Red Chicken Year.
Find your Chinese zodiac sign here, and enjoy the loud hot season.