Bitcoin Prices Have Done the Same Thing Each of the Past 3 Lunar New Years

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Dylan Love, contributing reporter of crypto-finance blog The original can be found here.

Cryptocurrency values and Lunar New Year, popularly known as Chinese New Year, are beginning to reveal hints of a relationship after all—one acting as a seasonal cause for people to travel, and the other as a measure of value that goes up or down in response to human behavior.

The next Lunar New Year is a month away, on February 16. This time of year is marked by a Chinese cultural practice called Chunyun, or the Spring Festival travel season. For a period approximately 15 days before Lunar New Year and lasting 40 days in total, so many people shuffle across the Asian continent to visit friends and family that this time is popularly known as the world’s largest human migration.

Speculators wanting to read the tea leaves of bitcoin price history might form a conclusion that goes like this: the past few Lunar New Years have coincided with generally negative or unremarkable trends in the market, followed in the immediate short term by a run-up.

From 2015 to 2017, bitcoin averaged a drop of 20 percent from its highs within one month of the Lunar New Year. Within 30 days following the holiday over those three years, bitcoin rallied an average of 18 percent.

Lunar New
Year date
BTC high
< 30 days
%Δ BTC price
on Lunar
New Year
BTC high
 30 days
Feb. 19, 2015 $309.38 -22% $240.28 $296.13 19%
Feb. 8, 2016 $453.38 -18% $373.45 $438.25 15%
Jan. 28, 2017 $1,156.73 -20% $921.59 $1,172.71 21%