Most of the world welcomed the 2017 new year on Jan. 1, but the holiday falls on a different date in Chinese culture. Also referred to as Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, so the date changes annually. The 2017 Chinese New Year begins Jan. 28 and the celebration continues through Feb. 2.
Celebrated by ringing bells, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances, the lunar new year is a time of celebrations and fresh starts. Rotating on a 12-year cycle, each Chinese New Year is also represented by a different zodiac animal. The 2017 new year is the Year of the Rooster — specifically the Fire Rooster.
4 Chinese New Year Sales on Cards, Party Supplies and More
Use these deals to say “Happy New Year” by sending cards or hosting a gathering at your home.
- Cost Plus World Market: Present this coupon to save 10 percent on your in-store purchase or use code SAVEBIG10 when shopping only through Feb. 25. Get all the dining, kitchen and home décor needed to host friends and family for a reunion dinner for Lunar New Year.
- Oriental Trading: Get $5 off your order of $59 or more with coupon code OTCFUN17 through Dec. 31. Use it to save money on supplies and decorations to celebrate the holiday, including Chinese New Year dragon ceiling decorations, Chinese lantern string lights and mini lucky money goody bags.
- Shindigz: Take 10 percent off party decorations through Jan. 31 with code STYLEIT. From Chinese New Year Blessing Cups to Chinese New Year Blessing Beverage Napkins, Shindigz has a variety of festive items to choose from.
- Tiny Prints: Code TPAFF20 will save you 20 percent through Mar. 31. Use this to make Chinese New Year cards to send family and friends, without paying full price.
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10 Lunar New Year Deals on Clothing, Jewelry and Electronics
Stock up on Chinese New Year gifts without paying full price by taking advantage of these offers.
- Apple: Get a free pair of Beats Solo3 headphones in the red variant with the purchase of an iMac, MacBook, MackBookPro — excluding late-2016 models with Touch Bar — MacBook Air, Mac Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. This Chinese New Year sale lasts until supplies run out.
- Charlotte Russe: Take 10 percent off your order of $60 or more through Jan. 29 with code NEWYR10.
- Charming Charlie: Get $10 off your order of $60 or more through Jan. 31 with code ICEY60.
- Christopher and Banks: Use code EBATES16 to save $20 off your order of $100 or more through June 30.
- Dell Consumer: Take $50 off your PC purchase of $699 or more with code 50off699 through Feb. 3.
- Lenovo: Save 15 percent off select Thinkpad professional laptops with code SAV15THINKPAD through Feb. 28.
- Planet Blue: Use code GOT20 to take $20 off your order of $150 or more through Jan. 31.
- Sephora: Score a free Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof Mini with your order of $25 or more when you enter code EYECANDY at checkout through Jan. 31.
- Shutterfly: Get free economy shipping on orders of $39 or more through Feb. 1 with code SHIP39. Surprise someone special with a personalized gift for the Chinese New Year.
- Uniqlo: Celebrate Lunar New Year by taking up to 40 percent off certain styles.
6 Lunar New Year Sales on Travel
Whether you’re heading out of town to celebrate the Spring Festival with loved ones or celebrating the holiday on vacation, reduce your travel expenses with these offers.
- Bally’s Atlantic City: Save 30 percent off room rates with code NYNA17 through Feb. 13.
- Enterprise: Take 20 percent off airport and neighborhood rental locations through Feb. 28 with code EMRKX20.
- Flamingo Las Vegas: Get 25 percent off your room rate with code NYNA17 through Feb. 13.
- Hertz: Get 30 percent off your next daily, weekly or weekend rental of most car classes with code 203138 through Jan. 31.
- Marriott.com: Enjoy up to a $100 daily resort credit when you book a stay at a participating Marriott resort with code 93B through Jan. 31.
- United Airlines: Take advantage of special Chinese New Year deals to visit family or enjoy a holiday vacation. Low rates available for a limited time only and no coupon code is required.
7 Chinese New Year Deals on Food
If you want to skip the hassle of cooking during Chinese New Year 2017, use these discounts to save money at some of your favorite restaurants.
- Bertucci’s: Take $5 off any purchase — excluding alcoholic beverages — when you present this coupon until Jan. 27, so treat your family to reunion dinner at Bertucci’s on Chinese New Year’s Eve.
- Long John Silvers: Add a piece of fish to your order for $1.19 with this coupon at participating locations through Jan. 29.
- Maggianos: Take $10 off your bill of $30 or more with this coupon through Jan. 31. Discount is valid for dine-in orders only and excludes Saturdays.
- Panda Express: Save $3 off your online order of $5 or more by entering code SkipTheLine at checkout through Mar. 31. In honor of Chinese New Year 2017, Panda Express will be giving out red envelopes on Jan. 28. The restaurant is also offering a special Chinese New Year Celebration Kit, while supplies last.
- P.F. Changs: The restaurant is giving away more than 1 million red envelopes now through Feb. 2, containing special Chinese New Year offers, gift cards and a grand prize trip to Chinatown in Chicago, New York or San Francisco. You can also register for the Choose Your Chinatown sweepstakes for free online at ChineseNewYear.com. No coupon code is required.
- Steak ‘n Shake: Present this coupon to get a free iced tea with the purchase of a regular-priced fried chicken or grilled chicken salad at participating locations through Feb. 19.
- Rubio’s: Get $1 off a Wild Mahi Mahi California Bowl at participating locations with this coupon through Feb. 26.
Save Money on Lunar New Year Celebrations
“Many Chinese New Year’s customs revolve around traditional meals,” said Benjamin Glaser, features editor with DealNews. “These are probably homemade anyway, so I don’t have to remind shoppers that homemade is almost always less expensive than store bought. Of course, check supermarket circulars for deals and buy in bulk to save.”
Glaser also recommended taking advantage of after-Christmas sales that may still be going on to stock up on customary red decorations and clothing for the Spring Festival. This is a savvy way to get plenty of festive items at seriously discounted prices.
“Many stores, including Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart, currently have ongoing Christmas decoration clearance sales where you might be able to pick up red lights and bunting,” Glaser said. “And clearance sales on winter apparel could provide up to 50 percent off already discounted red sweaters, hats and scarves.