Chinese New Year
Welcome to our Chinese New Year / Lunar New Year pages! We've got a huge collection of fun activities for you to explore and enjoy with your kids, both at home or in the classroom. You can learn about the current year - Year of the Rooster, soon to be Year of the Dog - or just enjoy our general Chinese New Year content (including original colouring pages, crafts, puzzles, worksheets, 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 means Happy New Year!
Nine Asian countries celebrate the Lunary 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 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 Dog
On 16th February 2018 we wave goodbye to the Year of the Rooster and welcome in a new Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog! For lots of new colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets and other printables, explore here:
Year of the Dog 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 more about Chinese New Year and explore some of symbolism and traditions of the holiday and celebrations
Learn about Chinese New Year
In 2019, we will welcome in the Year of the Pig on 5th February:
Year of the Pig