It’s official! Today is Chinese New Year! 新年快樂! 恭賀新禧! (These are two different ways to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese!) This year’s Chinese New Year falls on February 3, 2011, but every year is different. The Chinese use the lunar calendar, based on the phases of the moon. There are 12 months in a lunar year, and each month has 29.530589 days. This means each year has only approximately 354.37 days instead of the 365 days a year we are used to. Therefore, when applied to our calendar, Chinese New Year falls on a different day every year.
In 2010, it was the year of the Tiger. This year, it will be the year of the rabbit. Next year will be the year of the dragon. Check out our blog post on Chinese Zodiac Signs to see what sign your year of birth is!