The Birthday of Jade Emperor is Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Birthday of Jade Emperor, King of Heaven

2020 is the 4717th Chinese year. 2020 Chinese New Year Day is on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Chinese New Year Day is a new moon day, which is the first lunar day. The 9th lunar day of the first lunar month is Sunday, February 2, 2020. This date is the Birthday of Jade Emperor, the king of the Heaven.

According to Taoism (Daoism), the Jade Emperor lives in the 33rd heaven and governs 33 heavens; so he is the king of heavens. Jade Emperor is a vegetarian. To celebrate his birthday, Chinese prepare three bundles of long noodle, three tea cups with green tea, five different kinds of fruit and six different kinds of dry vegetables to worship Jade Emperor. But people also prepare five animal sacrifices, different sweet cakes and turtle cake (turtle is a symbol of longevity) on a different table for Jade Emperor's guardian soldiers.

To show the sincerity, many people take bath on the 8th lunar night, and then wait for the first minute of 9th lunar day to begin the ceremony with their clean body. After the ceremony, Chinese explode the firecrackers. That's why we can hear the scattered sound of fire crackers from midnight to sunrise. The temple of Jade Emperor will be crowded as the Chinese New Year day at the night of 8th lunar day for those people unable to hold the worship event at home. For the same purpose, Chinese always pray for better luck, safety, health, love or money, when they visit the temple.

Chinese New Year Day - Coming Years

2021 Chinese New Year is on Friday, February 12, 2021. 2021 is the White Cow year.
2022 Chinese New Year is on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. 2022 is the Black Tiger year.
2023 Chinese New Year is on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 2023 is the Black Rabbit year.
2024 Chinese New Year is on Saturday, February 10, 2024. 2024 is the Green Dragon year.
2025 Chinese New Year is on Wednesday, January 29, 2025. 2025 is the Green Snake year.

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