Chinese New Year — Canada
The Canadian celebration originated in China, but festivities are done in places with large immigrant communities. It is not considered a public holiday meaning that government offices are still open, but many smaller businesses might be closed if their owners celebrate.
Larger Canadian cities have a neighbourhood comprising a large Chinese population where you can do some Chinese New Year shopping, as well as support locals. Many celebrate with fireworks, parades, and colourful costumes. Families often have special dishes and children are given cash in red envelopes. There are different traditions for each day throughout the holiday’s week and weekend.
When is the Chinese New Year in 2021?
It always lands in either January or February. Below we have listed past and future dates of the holiday, as well as the corresponding animal sign.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2019 — the Pig
- Saturday, January 25, 2020 — the Rat
- Friday, February 12, 2021 — the Ox
- Tuesday, February 1, 2022 — the Tiger
Dates vary because it is designated by the moon, which is a cycle of different animals.
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