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2021 Chinese New Year On February 12 Is ‘Late’ — But It Can Be Even Later.

by Anura Guruge


Chinese New Year
2000 to 2026.

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The Chinese New Year is a lunar calendar-based holiday.

The Chinese New Year starts on the day after the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.


So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12 as you can see from the Featured Image.

It can fall later DEPENDING on when the December New Moon was.

As you can see from the image above, it has — or can — fall later than February 12. OK?



Happy Chinese New Year 2021
(COVID be DAMNED).


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Wishing YOU A Happy Chinese New Year 2021 – ‘Year Of The Ox’; February 12.

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So, Chinese New Year 2021 starts Friday, February 12. A week from now. (That is a bit late, BUT still well within the bounds).

The celebrations can last up to 16-days.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.


BUT, this year, ALAS, things are so different.


I cannot get over it. I am NOT even thinking of going to Boston Chinatown for Dim Sum & the Dragon Parades. Wow.

We went last year though COVID was beginning to make its presence felt. But, I noticed & commented that there were hardly any masks. I was, THEN, glad. Things are different. Can’t remember the last time, prior to this year, that we will NOT be going down to Chinatown. We couldn’t go, 6 or 7 years ago, because there was a BLIZZARD in Boston that Sunday. Other than that, we have NOT missed Chinese New Year in decades!

Last year in Boston Chinatown, on February 2. Click image to see the 36 pictures.


We ALSO, as we had been doing annually for 6- or 7-years, went to the UNH ‘Confucius Institute’ Chinese New Year Event — on January 28. Yes, we were slightly concerned about COVID (though it wasn’t called as such then), BUT we wanted to show our solidarity to our friends at the Institute.


And now this year. I am crushed.


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Chinese New Year 2020 – ‘Year Of The Rat’, January 25 to February 8.

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So, Chinese New Year 2020 starts Saturday, January 25th.

That seems early but it is, of course, within the bounds.

The Chinese New Year starts following the 2nd NEW MOON after the December Winter Solstice.

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So, January 25th it is.

Though I think of it as a ‘February’ holiday we have had it in January quite recently — and even earlier, e.g., January 23 in 2012. It could even start on January 21/22 as it did 2004. It can’t be earlier than that.

Chinese New Year, 2000 to 2022. Click to ENLARGE.


The Dragon Parade celebrations in Boston Chinatown will be on the SECOND Sunday, viz., February 2, 2020. I will confirm.

Enjoy.

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2019 Chinese New Year – ‘Year Of The Pig’ – February 5th to 15th.

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The Chinese New Year, 2019 — ‘The Year Of The Pig‘ — starts next week, on Tuesday, February 5.

The Chinese New Year starts after the 2nd New Moon — following the Winter Solstice. So, its start varies from year-to-year.

It usually continues for at least 2-weeks (in the U.S.).

Last year Chinese New Year started February 16th. So it is pretty early this year.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 27, 2019. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Snuggle up o a pig.

Happy New Year.


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Boston Chinatown “Chinese New Year 2018” Dragon Parades Are Sunday, Feb. 25 — BUT, Heavy Rain.

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In past years we have had BLIZZARDS — e.g., 2013 for the Chinatown New Year.

This year, for Boston, it is heavy rain, 5″ – 8″ snow for us.

The Dragon Parades won’t be fun in the rain.

Yes, you could watch them from a restaurant, but that is NOT much fun.

Plus, Chinatown isn’t exactly car friendly and parking, even outside of New Year, is hard. So, you really need to walk.

So, a heads up. If you plan to go on Sunday you will get soaked.

They are serving Dim Sum, at China Pearl, on Saturday. I called and checked.

I can’t, however, get any sense as to whether there will be any Dragon Parades on Saturday. I SUSPECT that there might be — because of the Sunday rain. But, I could be wrong.


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The Chinese “Year Of The Dog” Is Here. Happy New Year 2018.

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The Chinese New Year, 2018 — “The Year Of The Dog” — is here, as of Friday, February 16, 2016.

It continues for at least 2-weeks.

The festivities in Chinatown, Boston — i.e., the Dragon Parades etc. — per my recockning will be on Sunday, February 25, 2018. It is usually on the 2nd (and last) Sunday of that 2 week period and that is the 25th. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime, have a ball. Pet a dog.

All the images used in the above collage were from pictures I took at the UNH (Durham, NH), ‘Confucius Institute’, Woodblock Exhibition, for the New Year, on Tuesday.

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Chinese New Year 2018 — From The Perspective Of Trains In China ‘Ready-to-Roll’.

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China is expecting 390 million people to travel by train over the 2018 “Year of the Dog” New Year period — that started ‘yesterday’. 

That is 65 million MORE PEOPLE than the ENTIRE U.S. population.

Just think of that. Makes the so called Thanksgiving travel crush seem rather tame.

Yes, they have the rail system to cope with this PLUS a huge fleet of genuinely high-speed trains. We equate Japan with high-speed bullet trains but it is CHINA rather than Japan that currently has the fastest bullet train — a train capable of travelling 210 mph!

So, take a second to marvel.

Happy New Year.


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Happy Chinese New Year 2018, “Year Of The Dog” — Starting This Friday, February 16.

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Those of you who know me or follow this blog must have worked that I celebrate three (3) New Years, each year, with gusto — January 1, Chinese New Year & then Sinhala New Year on April 14.

Well, Chinese New Year is coming up and for us in New Hampshire it is a welcome respite from the cold and snow. Yes, we plan to go down to Boston, as we do nearly every year, to celebrate.

But, today I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Year of the Dog — and though I am, alas, a ‘snake’, as you know I am inordinately fond of dogs.

Don’t forget, FREE celebratory event at the ‘Confucius Institute’, UNH (Durham, NH) tomorrow and Wednesday.


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