The New Year in China will start on February 5th, 2019. Chinese New Year 2019 will be the Year of the Earth Pig and it will end on January 24th, 2020. Chinese New Year falls on a different date every year because the Chinese use a calendar based on the movement of the moon. The Chinese Zodiac is calculated according to the Chinese lunar calendar where each year in the cycle is related to an animal sign. 12 animals and 5 elements together form a 60-year cycle where each element is assigned to each animal. 2019’s Pig is the last animal in the Chinese Zodiac, after Dog and before Rat which starts the next cycle. The Year of the Pig refers to 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 and so on.
The Chinese New Year 2017 is the most important upcoming Chinese holiday. When we decide to import from China, we should take into account Chinese public holidays. Keep in mind that the Chinese New Year falls on January 28, 2017.
Non-working days are from January 27, 2017 (Friday) to February 2, 2017 (Thursday). If you import from China and want to visit your Chinese business partners, you should do so after February 15, when companies and their workflow are back to normal.
Below you will find a mini-calendar which outlines difficulties and inconveniences connected with the Chinese New Year’s celebrations in 2017.
Usually in China, during the official holiday period, all official and governmental sectors are closed. There are some exceptions in the private sector, but most factories also stop work. When your company does business with China, it’s important to remember that, in China, holidays and festivals are different than those in the USA or Europe, and there might be fewer, but the business breaks are much longer!
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Usually during the official holiday period the whole private sector is working, but governmental institutions are closed. Holidays are also a chance for people to travel around China, so it is really hard to get a train ticket and the prices of plane ticket rise sharply. Understanding the holiday calendar will make planning our trip to China easier.
Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China and in many other East Asian countries. Chinese people celebrate it with their families by feasting, drinking and shooting fireworks. This time, the festival comes quite early: on 31th of January. It’s important to remember the date, whether you plan to go to China, it’s a bad time for doing business with China and other Asian countries. Find out more about the special festival in China