Chinese New Year 2024 – Dates, Meaning, Celebrations

After 2023, a year associated with the Water Rabbit, the beginning of 2024 marks the Year of the Dragon starting on Saturday, February 10. As in the past, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year 2024, Chinese people will be off work for 7 days until 17 February.

The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 16 days, from Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9 up until February 26, when the Lantern Festival is held.

According to the Chinese calendar, the most important dates in the new lunar year 2024 of the Dragon are :

  • Chinese New Year’s Eve on February 9, 2024
  • Chinese New Year’s Day on February 10, 2024
  • Lantern Festival on February 26, 2024

Lunar New Year is celebrated in countries such as China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines, and is the most popular New Year’s celebration outside the Gregorian calendar.

Discover everything about the Chinese New Year 2023 and find out what animal it is represented by, when it starts, and what it signifies.

What is the Chinese New Year 2024 Animal?

2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon, beginning on February 10 and ending on January 28, 2025. According to the Chinese zodiac, the Dragon is the fifth of the 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig). Years of the Dragon include 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, and 1952.

The year 2024 signals a magnificent comeback after the relaxed and laid-back Year of the Rabbit. We will scan the horizon closely and seriously prepare for all sorts of grand, joyous, monumental, highly ambitious, and daring projects.
The unbridled spirit of the Dragon will inspire everything, far more than the dimensions of life. In a way, we will be in a state of permanent euphoria and full of energy.

The business situation is good and the money is easy to get. This is the time when we can ask our creditors for a deferment. Massive spending and expensive plans are on the agenda. The mighty Dragon mocks the overcautious and squeamish man. He’s playing a single card, all or nothing.

Asians consider this year to be a good time for traveling, giving birth to children, or starting a new business, since the benevolent Dragon brings good luck and happiness.

In 2024, the defining element is wood. The Wood element denotes a strong, sometimes tough but flexible energy. Wood is the element of spring, nature, and morning. It is not associated with gender in Chinese astrology, instead, it is associated with the unifying principle of Deng, which governs the Yin and Yang elements.

Wood is a symbol of generosity, creativity, love, and rebirth, for emotions and deep intelligence.
People born in the years governed by the Wood element are very intelligent, inventive, and ingenious, they adapt easily and are able to overcome all kinds of difficulties patiently and wisely. Nothing knocks them down, no matter how difficult life may be at any given time. Wood gives them strength and the ability to cope with any conditions.

How is Chinese New Year Celebrated All Over the World?

Also known as the Spring Festival, the New Year celebrations are meant to bring good luck and prosperity. Family banquets and open-air shows are held with firecrackers, fireworks and often dancing dragons. The most important celebrations take place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Chinese New Year 2024 in Singapore

New Bridge Road, Eu Tong Sen Street, and South Bridge Road in Chinatown are the main locations where Chinese New Year is celebrated. Another street parade called Chingay takes place in Singapore, which includes parades, colorful costumes, live performances, and fireworks.

Lubar New Year 2024 in Vietnam

In Vietnam, the holiday is called Tết Nguyên Đán, or Tết, for short, which means First Morning Festival of the First Day.
People clean their houses and decorate them with fresh flowers such as peach and kumquat. Pink peach blossoms represent energy and kumquats represent prosperity.

Korea

North and South Korea celebrate Seollal, which lasts for three days. Korean families serve food to their ancestors in a ritual called Charye to gain their blessing for the coming year.

Mongolia

In Mongolia, the New Year is called Tsagaan Sar. Some Mongolians call it the White Moon Festival. People worship at ovoo – piles of stone used as altars or shrines.

Chinese New Year 2024 in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong and Macau, it is a tradition to offer flowers on Chinese New Year, street markets are also packed with flowers and potted plants. Orchids and peonies are the most popular as they are considered to be plants that bring well-being.
Hong Kong also holds a Horse Racing Festival, fireworks, theatre performances, and more.

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