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Chinese New Year


Today is the start of the Chinese New Year.   Chinese New Year is one of the most important holidays in China but it is celebrated worldwide.  It is also called the Spring Festival and the Lunar New Year. The Chinese festival marks the start of the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar and it ranges from January 21st to February 20th.  This year it falls on February 12th and is the Year of the Ox.  


Watch the videos (you need to scroll down to watch all of them) and listen to the podcast below explaining how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  After watching the videos, how much do you think you have learned? Can you click on the quiz button below and answer the questions? 

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year or are there any similarities to any festivals or traditions that you celebrate? When do you watch fireworks, wear your best clothes, give money, eat special food etc? 


What is the Chinese Zodiac? The Chinese Zodiac features 12 animal signs.  Each animal and it's reputed attributes are assigned to each year in a repeating 12 year cycle.   Click on the story below to find out how the animals for each year were decided. 

Research to find out which Zodiac year you were born in. Do you think you have the same attributes as that animal? 


We would normally be participating in lots of activities in school to celebrate and learn about Chinese New Year so please choose from the selection of activities attached below.  You can get crafty and make a handprint dragon, a dragon drum rattle or fire breathing dragon or why not create a Chinese New Year greeting card.  Or how about improving those pencil skills with Chinese New Year tracings or practising your scissor skills by cutting out a shape dragon or making a chinese lantern? 

Whatever you do we hope you enjoy the activities and have some fun!  There will also be Maths and Language activities for you to complete too. 


                                                                   GONG HEI FAT CHOY!