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Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The festival begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar, and ends on the 15th.

AnimalDates
Rat Feb 7, 2008 Jan 25, 2020 Feb 11, 2032
Ox Jan 26, 2009 Feb 12, 2021 Jan 31, 2033
Tiger Feb 14, 2010 Feb 1, 2022 Feb 19, 2034
Rabbit Feb 3, 2011 Jan 22, 2023 Feb 8, 2035
Dragon Jan 23, 2012 Feb 10, 2024 Jan 28, 2036
Snake Feb 10, 2013 Jan 29, 2025 Feb 15, 2037
Horse Jan 31, 2014 Feb 17, 2026 Feb 4, 2038
Sheep Feb 19, 2015 Feb 6, 2027 Jan 24, 2039
Monkey Feb 8, 2016 Jan 26, 2028 Feb 12, 2040
Rooster Jan 28, 2017 Feb 13, 2029 Feb 1, 2041
Dog Feb 16, 2018 Feb 3, 2030 Jan 22, 2042
Pig Feb 5, 2019 Jan 23, 2031 Feb 10, 2043

Alongside the 12-year cycle of the animal zodiac there is a 10-year cycle of heavenly stems. Each of the ten heavenly stems is associated with one of the five elements of Chinese astrology: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. The elements are rotated every two years while a yin and yang association alternates every year. The elements are thus distinguished: Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, etc. These produce a combined cycle that repeats every 60 years. For example, the year of the Yang Fire Rat occurred in 1936 and in 1996, 60 years apart.

Many confuse their Chinese birth-year with their Gregorian birth-year. As the Chinese New Year starts in late January to mid-February, the Chinese year dates from January 1 until that day in the new Gregorian year remain unchanged from the previous Gregorian year. For example, the 1989 year of the snake began on February 6, 1989. The year 1990 is considered by some people to be the year of the horse. However, the 1989 year of the snake officially ended on January 26, 1990. This means that anyone born from January 1 to January 25, 1990 was actually born in the year of the snake rather than the year of the horse.

The character in the title bar means 'Good Luck' or 'Good Fortune' and is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in Chinese New Year. It is often posted upside down (as done in this theme) on the front door of one's house or apartment. The upside down character means good luck came since the character for 'upside down' in Chinese sounds the same as the character for 'came.' So, yes, the character was deliberately shown upside down in this theme, and it's apparently a Chinese pun! (I have to take other people's word for it, however, since I don't know Chinese.)

The following is a list of beliefs that vary according to dialect groups or individuals.

Good luck


Bad luck


Letterboxing Cities

Here are all of the cities in China we've hit with letterboxes!

Mystery Boxes Beijing (9) Chengguan (2) Guangzhou (2) Haining Road Hangzhou Hong Kong (8) Sartu Shanghai Shenzhen Stanley Suzhou Xi'an (2)
Total Letterboxes: 31
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