News

Chinese New Year

Posted by:

 

© Copyright William Starkey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.Chinese New Year is a really interesting celebration to learn about in class! This year, it falls on Monday the eighth of February.

The Chinese calendar is lunar. It has twelve lunar months and is about four weeks shorter than our own calendar.

The Chinese New Year is a spring festival which is celebrated widely in China; however, there are also  large groups of Chinese people living in this country and there is also going to be a massive festival in London this year.

The Chinese name each of their years after animals and this year is the year of the monkey. Therefore, people born in this year are supposed to be mischievous and innovative. It is however supposed to be one of the unluckiest years in the Chinese calendar.

Chinese New Year Cartoon for young children with puppets telling how the zodiac came to be:

There is a whole set of videos on the same theme in the playlist, accompanying this video,  listed on YouTube.

Chinese Zodiac Signs:

  • Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
  • Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
  • Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
  • Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
  • Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
  • Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
  • Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
  • Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
  • Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
  • Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
  • Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
  • Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971

Chinese New Year facts and sites for children:

  • Top Marks – This site offers a range of Chinese New Years facts, customs and activities.
  • Kiddyhouse – Gives an easy, large size, version of the festival to read about.
  • SoftSchools – Lists a whole set of interesting facts about the festival.
  • The China Family Adventure – This site welcomes the year of the monkey with many lovely photographs and videos of all the different events that usually take place during the celebrations.

There are lots of crafts associated with this spring festival, for ideas visit:

Chinese New Year

0