Chinese New Year advertising and Lunar New Year marketing campaign ideas

Events Engagement

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The holiday season continues into 2024 with Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year. These events are on the retail holiday calendar in January and February, and in 2024, celebrations start on Saturday, February 10. Lunar New Year, an annual two-week festival that marks the end of winter and the start of spring, is celebrated in multiple Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Vietnam. Lunar New Year is more broadly celebrated, while Chinese New Year is a China-specific holiday, also known as Spring Festival. There are additional Lunar New Year celebrations that are specific to location, too, such as Tết in Vietnam, Seollal in South Korea, and Losar in Tibet.

Why is it important to advertise around Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?

Advertising around Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year is important in order to make the most of holiday seasonality and the potential increase in shopping interest. Creating a holistic marketing strategy, analyzing retail event insights, crafting social media ads, and other holiday marketing ideas are ideal places for you to get started.

When should I start advertising for Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?

We recommend you start advertising as soon as possible before Lunar New Year. The earlier you can provide information on your bargains, holiday deals, or social media campaigns to your customers, the more likely you can be top of mind for your customers during the Lunar New Year season. However, it’s never too late to begin a last-minute holiday marketing strategy.

Though the holiday season unofficially starts globally in October, shopping continues for several months. Since holiday shopping increases in November and December, it’s a great time to address the growing interest of customers and start creating Lunar New Year campaigns.


When are Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?

Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year begin on February 10, 2024.1

Why do the dates for Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year change every year?

Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year follow the lunar calendar and typically occur in January or February, on the second new moon after the winter solstice. Though the date changes, Chinese New Year always occurs between January 21 and February 20.2

How long is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year lasts 16 days, and in 2024, it ends with the Lantern Festival on February 24. The first seven days are a public holiday, from February 10 to 16.3

What is the difference between Chinese New Year and Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is a festival celebrated in many Asian countries, and Chinese New Year is one of these celebrations. Lunar New Year is celebrated more broadly, while Chinese New Year is specific to China.4

What countries celebrate Lunar New Year?

Nations that celebrate Lunar New Year include China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the US, and Vietnam.

How do people celebrate Lunar New Year?

People celebrate Lunar New Year with decorations, festive meals, gift exchanges, and get-togethers with family and friends. Celebrations vary by culture, but one common practice is giving out red envelopes filled with money.

What is the Lunar New Year 2024 zodiac animal?

In 2024, the Lunar New Year zodiac animal is the dragon. It follows the Year of the Rabbit, the zodiac animal in 2023.5