Chinese New Year

Welcome to our Chinese New Year pages for kids! We've got a huge collection of fun activities for you to explore and enjoy with your children, both at home or in the classroom. You can learn about the current year - Year of the Pig - or just enjoy our general Chinese New Year resources (including our fab Chinese New Year colouring pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets and printables of all sorts)... but be warned, there's probably enough here to last you until next Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year for Kids!

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

Kung hei fat choy!

Kung Hei Fat Choy means Happy New Year!

Nine Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year with public holidays and variations on the activities you will find described below. About 1/5 of the world's population will be enjoying the Chinese New Year festivies, and New Year's Eve is the world's biggest annual migration, with over 200 million people making every effort to get home for a big celebratory dinner with their extended families!


Year of the Rat

On 25th January 2020 we wave goodbye to the Year of the Pig and welcome in a new Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat!

The rat is the first, and possibly the most courageous, of all the 12 animals of the Chinese...


What is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival.

The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year. The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha (or the Jade Emperor) invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. (Find another version of the story here).

Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal. You can find much more by exploring the Chinese Zodiac section below.


Our General Chinese New Year Resources

We've got so many activities to explore, whether you are celebrating the Lunar New Year yourselves or just learning about it with your children - everything from colouring pages to crafts to puzzles to games to stories to worksheets and all sorts of fun printables!

We've got a great collection of Chinese New Year colouring pages here for all ages. Scroll...

Looking for something fun to do this Chinese New Year? Why not print out some of our Chinese New...

Celebrate the Lunary New Year with these quick and easy Chinese New Year crafts for kids, which...

We have a huge collection of Chinese New Year printables here at Activity Village, including...

Have some fun at Chinese New Year with our fun worksheets for kids. We've got many...

Flash cards in many varieties, word cards, posters with overlaid words - we've got all sorts...


The Chinese Zodiac

The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
How did the Chinese years get their names? Discover the story of the animals and explore each of the years below. Whatever your Chinese zodiac sign, you'll find something here!

There are many different versions of the Chinese Zodiac story, but we've chosen one which...

The rat is the first, and possibly the most courageous, of all the 12 animals of the Chinese...

What do you know about the Chinese Year of the Ox? What characteristics might you expect of an...

If you have a tiger in the family, you probably know about it! Find out what to expect from...

Do you have a rabbit in your household, or a litter of rabbits in your classroom? Enjoy our...

We will next be celebrating the Dragon in 2024, but if your child was born in the Year of the...

We had a snake year in 2013, and will have the next in 2025. If you have a child born in the...

The next Year of the Horse will be in 2026. In the meantime, children who were born in Year of...

Sometimes known as Year of the Goat, also known as the Year of the Sheep or...

We last celebrated a Chinese New Year of the Monkey in 2016, so there is some way to go before...

Are you or your child a typical rooster? Perhaps you have a class full of early-rising roosters...

2019-2020 was the last Year of the Pig. If  you or your child was born in a Pig year,...


More Activities for Chinese New Year

Why not use Chinese New Year as an excuse to learn about some of the traditions of Chinese New Year, pandas, goldfish (regarded as very lucky, and prominent at Chinese New Year) or of course China itself? We've got lots more to explore here, particulary in the section on China where you will find Chinese customs, classic Chinese stories, folk tales and much more.

The Giant Panda is a bear native to south-central China and is probably one of the most...

Are you looking for goldfish activities because you are thinking about buying goldfish or...

Here at Activity Village, children can find out some interesting facts about China, its people,...

More Chinese New Year Ideas

Write your own Chinese restaurant menu
Write your own Chinese restaurant menu ... here are two by Jack and Sam for inspiration!


Chinese New Year Jokes

Why does an embarrassed panda get mistaken for a newspaper?
Because they're both black and white and red all over!

What’s purple, 10,000 km long and 12m high?
The grape wall of China!


Traditional Chinese New Year Rhyme

You'll find whenever the New Year comes
The Kitchen God will want some plums.
The girls will want some flowers new;
The boys will want firecrackers, too.
A new felt cap will please papa
And a sugar cake for dear mama.

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