2015 Chinese New Year On February 19th — Latest It Has Been Since 1996.
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Last year it was on January 31st and the year before on February 10th. It was on Valentine’s Day, which happened to also be a Sunday, in 2010. I remember Boston Chinatown mobbed and waiting 40 minutes to get a table for dim sum at the ‘China Pearl‘. Next year it will be on February 8 and the year after that on January 28.
The Chinese New Year has to always fall between January 21st and February 20th. So to be fair this year is close, but there is still a day’s margin left. Typically the Chinese New Year, which is lunisolar-based [i.e., based on both the Moon and Sun] falls on the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice. In December 2014 the New Moon occurred the day after the Solstice. That was partly to blame. But then there is Lìchūn the start of the Chinese Spring based on the Sun. It typically occurs around February 4th or 5th. New Year must be the New Moon closest to Lìchūn. But the January New Moon was on January 20. One day outside the permissible timeframe for the New Year. Hence February 19th.
The dragon parades and fireworks in Boston Chinatown, as always, will be on the 2nd Sunday following the February 19th New Year. So that will be March 1, 2015. I will keep you updated on that.
This Saturday, Boston’s “Dance Revelasian” will be performing at the Union Building at UNH (University of New Hampshire), Durham at 7pm. Tickets, $5/head, available at the door. There will be another celebration of the New Year at UNH, in the same building, on Thursday, February 26, 2015 — in the evening. I will get more data on that soon.
So happy New Year. Stay tuned.