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!

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 Pig

Year of the Pig Activities for Kids
On 5th February 2019 we wave goodbye to the  Year of the Dog  and welcome in a new Chinese New Year, the Year of the Pig! For lots of new Year of the Pig colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets and other printables, explore here:
Year of the Pig Lots NEW!

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 to print, below)

Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal.

Learn about Chinese New Year
Learn more about Chinese New Year and explore some of symbolism and traditions of the holiday and celebrations
Learn about Chinese New Year

What Next?

In 2020, we will welcome in the Year of the Rat on 25th January:
Year of the Rat

Year of the Pig
5th February 2019 welcomes in the Year of the Pig! What will be in store? What kind of person is...
Chinese New Year Crafts
Celebrate the Lunary New Year with these quick and easy Chinese New Year crafts for kids, which we...
Chinese New Year Printables
We have a huge collection of Chinese New Year printables here at Activity Village, including...
Chinese New Year Colouring Pages
We've got a great collection of Chinese New Year colouring pages here for all ages. Scroll down...
Chinese New Year Dot to Dots
For Chinese New Year, we've got a great selection of original dot to dot pictures for children...
Chinese New Year Puzzles for Kids
Looking for something new to do this Chinese New Year? Why not print out some of our Chinese New...
Chinese New Year Vocabulary
Flash cards in many varieties, word cards, posters with overlaid words - we've got all sorts of...
Chinese New Year Worksheets
Have some fun at Chinese New Year with our fun worksheets for kids. We've got many...
Chinese New Year Games
You can have lots of fun with the family playing these printable Chinese New Year games as well as...
Year of the Rat
The rat is the first, and possibly the most courageous, of all the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac...
Year of the Ox for Kids
What do you know about the Chinese Year of the Ox? What characteristics might you expect of an ox...
Year of the Tiger for Kids
If you have a tiger in the family, you probably know about it! Find out what to expect from those...
Year of the Rabbit for Kids
Do you have a rabbit in your household, or a litter of rabbits in your classroom? Enjoy our...
Year of the Dragon Activities for Kids
In 2012 we celebrated the Year of the Dragon, with all sorts of fun here at Activity Village! We...
Year of the Snake Activities for Kids
Chinese New Year 2013 welcomes in the Year of the Snake! We've got lots of brand new snake-...
Year of the Horse Activities for Kids
The next Year of the Horse will be in 2026. In the meantime, children who were born in Year of the...
Year of the Goat
Sometimes known as Year of the Goat, also known as the Year of the Sheep or the Ram - whichever...
Year of the Monkey
On 8th February 2016 we welcomed in a new Chinese New Year - the Year of the Monkey! "This...
Year of the Rooster for Kids
Are you or your child a typical rooster? Perhaps you have a class full of early-rising roosters to...
Year of the Dog for Kids
Lots NEW! Have some fun with our Year of the Dog colouring pages, printables, puzzles and...

The Chinese Zodiac

The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
How did the Chinese years get their names? Read online, print and read later, listen to our audio version, and enjoy some colouring and writing activities too!
The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

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More Activities for Chinese New Year

Pandas come from China and we've got some great panda printables, colouring pages and crafts which the kids can enjoy!

The Chinese regard goldfish as very lucky, particulary at Chinese New Year. Why not explore our collection of goldfish resources? We've added lots new this year.

Take the opportunity to learn a little about China, Chinese customs, classic Chinese stories and folk tales and more...

Dragon dance

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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!

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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!

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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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