Chinese New Year Friday, January 24th Goodbye, year of the water snake, and hello, year of the wooden horse. The Chinese New Year, or Nónglì Xinnián, is coming up on Jan. 31, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese months are determined by both solar and lunar changes, with the new year coming approximately a month and a half after the winter solstice and symbolizing the beginning of spring, explains Peter Newbury, a former professor of astronomy at UBC. As such, the fifteen days of celebration that go from January 31 to are also known as the spring festival. Please join us for an evening of Qigong practice followed by tea and mandarin oranges. Sign up here.