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Are you planning to take some time off for Chinese New Year? Then, as in previous years, let me share the best days to start work after CNY so you can plan accordingly. Especially for those of you living in Asia, this is very important.

This year, Chinese New Year is early and falls on the 22 January 2023. It is the biggest holiday in Asia and comes with many rituals. The holiday is celebrated over a period of 15 days and most shops and businesses will be closed for at least part of that time. It is strongly believed that observing certain traditions will help you have a lucky and auspicious year to come – don’t we all wish that?

One of these traditions is picking the “best” day to return to work or re-open your business after the CNY period. This is important because each day has a different kind of energy.

In addition to the date, consideration should also be given to your zodiac animal sign when deciding on the date to return to work (even if you work at home) or re-open your office or business. It is best to select a day that does not conflict with the owner and/or the key executives and managers. Conflict animals on the chosen date ought to delay their return to work by a day if possible. Many people believe that re-opening your business on an unfavourable day will result in problems and obstacles popping up throughout the year.

So let’s start the Year of the Water Rabbit 2023 right!

These are the BEST days to START work/re-open your business after CNY:

Date   Conflict Animal (ie not a good day for this zodiac animal)
Friday 27th January 2023 6th Day of CNY Rabbit
Sunday 29th January 2023 8th Day of CNY Snake
Tuesday 31st January 2023 10th Day of CNY Sheep
Thursday 2nd February 2023 12th Day of CNY Rooster

The following are AVERAGE days to START work/re-open your business:

Date   Conflict Animal
(ie not a good day for this zodiac animal)
Sunday, 22nd January 2023 1st Day of CNY Dog
Tuesday, 24th January 2023 3rd Day of CNY Rat
Wednesday, 25th January 2023 4th Day of CNY Ox
Thursday, 26th January 2023 5th Day of CNY Tiger
Saturday, 28th January 2023 7th Day of CNY Dragon
Monday, 30th January 2023 9th Day of CNY Horse
Wednesday, 1st February 2023 11th Day of CNY Monkey
Friday, 3rd February 2023 13th Day of CNY Dog
Saturday, 4th February 2023 14th Day of CNY Boar


Monday, the 23rd January 2023 and Sunday, the 5th February 2023 are the only days not mentioned in both tables above – it would be best to AVOID ALL ACTIVITIES ON THESE DAYS.

I hope you will be able to pick a suitable date and of course I also hope sharing these dates will help you plan accordingly. All the very best!

Back at work CNY 2023

Source for the list of dates: Lillian Too

16 December 2022

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