What you didn't know about the Chinese New Year Is IN THIS BOOK The Chinese New Year is certainly an interesting time of year, not just for those that celebrate it first-hand but for anyone to witness or observe as an important global phenomenon. The changing date of the holiday fluctuates from January to February on today's calendar because, as with all traditional Chinese holidays, it follows the lunar calendar. This tradition can be seen throughout parts of Asia and is not limited to just the mainland of China. Additionally, there are even other countries with a significant Chinese population that also observe this holiday and then there are other Asian cultures, such as Japan and Korea, that also celebrate this time of year. The Chinese New Year often times refers to the 15 days of celebration at the beginning of the traditional Chinese calendar and synonymous with the Chinese Spring Festival. However, at times the Chinese New Year can also just denote the first day, then the days leading up to the Lantern Festival (15 days after the New Year) is considered the Spring Festival. Generally, this book will just refer to it as the Chinese New Year for the entire festival season.