Happy Chinese New Year!
Updated: Feb 5, 2019
Year Of The Pig
What Is The Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year will begin on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
The reason the new year falls at this time is because it marks the start of the lunar new year, which is when there is the start of a new moon.
This is different to the 'Gregorian' calendar that we traditionally use in the UK, which always starts on 1 January.
Because it depends on the moon, the date of Chinese New Year actually changes each year, but it will always fall some time between 21 January and 20 February.
Next year, the new year will start on 25 January, so the celebrations will be slightly earlier than they are this year.
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.
It is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.
In Chinese tradition, each year is named after one of twelve animals, which feature in the Chinese zodiac.
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.
So the animals will have a year dedicated to them once every 12 years, in a cycle.