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Chinese New Year Information

The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year is the most important of the Chinese Holidays
  • Chinese New Year is based on the Lunar Calendar.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated at the end of January or start of February. This year, Chinese New Year's day is on January 31, 2014 and it's the Year of the Horse
  • Occurs on the first day with a new moon and ends after 15 days on Lantern Festival.
The Chinese Calendar also uses a different starting count, just add 104 to the Gregorian Calendar to get the correct year (so 2010 + 104 = 2114 Chinese Year).

Below you will find the US-Canada Calendar of Chinese New Year events, Worksheets, Customs, Crafts and Projects, Coloring Pictures and compilation of China towns in the US and Canada.


Please also look at our selection of Chinese New Year books, music and DVDs.


Chinese New Year Calendar Events, Parades, and Festivals Chinese New Year Customs
Chinese New Year Calendar of Events, Parades, and Festivals for 2014 Year of the Horse
  • Including 26 US states
  • Also selected areas of Canada
Chinese New Year Customs
  • What people do to prepare for this special Chinese holiday
  • How people celebrate
  • Symbols
  • and more!
Chinese New Year Books, Music, and DVDs Chinese New Year Lesson Plan
Chinese New Year Books and Stories.
  • Chinese New Year legends - such as why Rat comes first in the Chinese Zodiac
  • Stories about how Chinese New Year is celebrated
  • Chinese New Year craft projects
  • DVDs about Chinese New Year
  • and more!
Resource for teachers about Chinese New Year
  • Free and printable
  • For levels K-4.
Chinese New Year Crafts & Projects Chinese New Year Worksheets
Your family can make these holiday projects:
  • Papercuts, origami, greeting cards, etc.
  • Free and printable
Chinese New Year Worksheets

Free and printable
  • Word search
  • Jumbled letters
  • Missing words
  • Missing letters
Interesting way to teach about Chinese New Year and the Chinese Zodiac.
Chinese New Year Coloring Pictures Chinese New Year Customs Powerpoint
Chinese New Year Coloring Pictures
  • Chinese New Year customs
  • 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac
  • Character Scrolls for the wall and doors 
  • Greetings to color :  (3 greetings: Mandarin Mainland, Cantonese, Mandarin Taiwan)
Free resource for teachers to discuss Chinese New Year:
  • Chinese New Year beliefs
  • Deities
  • How families prepare and celebrate
  • How communities celebrate
  • etc.
Chinese New Year Links Chinatowns of the US and Canada
Chinese New Year Links
  • Chinatowns of the US
  • Chinatowns in Canada
Great place to find local Chinese New Year events.
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Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide To Chinese American Celebrations And Culture
Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide To Chinese American Celebrations And Culture
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Excellent book!
  • The most complete book I have seen on Chinese Culture!
  • Highly recommended. Covers Chinese Celebrations & Culture A-Z!
Paper Art Classrooms Part 3 - Card Articles, Traditional, Softcover, 111 pages
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Why buy cards when you can make them - with a Chinese flair?  This book has sample cards that can be done by anyone.  Great for families or for teachers!
Chinese Feasts & Festivals, A Cookbook, English, 144 pages, Hardback
Chinese Feasts & Festivals, A Cookbook, English, 144 pages, Hardback
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Kids learn More About Chinese Culture through Food!

This Chinese food book has information about
  • Chinese Festivals
  • Favorite food during the festivals
  • Recipes of the favorite food
  • Other traditions during the holiday
  • Activities children can do


Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
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Filled with delectable recipes, hands-on family activities and traditional tales to read aloud, this extraordinary collection will inspire families everywhere to re-create the magic of Chinese holidays in their own homes.
  • Stories
  • Recipes
  • Activities for Chinese New Year, The Lantern Festival, Qing Ming and the Cold Food Festival, The Dragon Boat Festival, and The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Happy Happy Chinese New Year
Happy Happy Chinese New Year by Demi (hardcover)
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How do the Chinese celebrate the new year?  Here are  activities and traditions that make up the Chinese New Year portrayed in beautiful, full-color detail.
Chinese Treasure Chest - Volume 2, Traditional, English 406 pages
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Chinese Treasure Chest - Volume 1
(Traditional Chinese characters)


  • Lesson Plans included teacher-guided activities
  • Ready-to-use games, songs, craft projects
  • Book is organized by month
    Paper Sculpture Festival Part 5 Classroom, Traditional, Softcover, 111 pages
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    Why buy ornaments or paper sculptures when you can make them - with a Chinese flair?  This book has ideas for 12 holiday decorations that can be done by anyone.  Or be inspired with the projects and make your own paper sculpture.  See the picture sample.
    Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts, Festivals of China by Stepanchuk and Wong
    Mooncakes and Hungry Ghosts, Festivals of China by Stepanchuk and Wong
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    Excellent book!
    • The most complete book I have seen on Chinese Culture!
    • Highly recommended.  Covers Chinese Celebrations & Culture A-Z!
    The Chinese Zodiac, - Chinese Children's Picture Book and CD in Mandarin and Traditional Characters with Bo Po Mo
    The Chinese Zodiac - Softcover Chinese Picture Book with CD
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    The Chinese Zodiac inTraditional Characters, Bo Po Mo, Soft Cover, book with CD.
    Dragon Parade
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    Dragon Parade, a Chinese New Year Story.
    • Story of the First Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco in 1851,
    • great illustrations.
    English, Soft Cover
       
     
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    Chinese New Year Calendar

    Chinese New Year parades, events, festivals in US states and selected areas in Canada (States alphabetically arranged)

    • Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut
    • Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada
    • New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahama
    • Calgary, Kitchener, Manitoba, Montreal, Ontario, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver

    Chinese New Year Customs



    The main preparation families do for Chinese New Year is to clean up the house. The house is decked in red decorations. Red couplets wishing health, happines and prosperity are hung on the walls during Chinese New Year. Debts are settled, and arguments are set aside. Everyone is also encouraged to get haircuts and wear new (preferably red) clothing. All customs revolve around the idea of letting go of the old and welcoming new beginnings.

    Families get together and welcome the new year together. A Chinese New Year dinner is happily served for family to share among themselves and their ancestors. After dinner, the young ones are blessed by the adults with lucky money in red envelopes. The family can also go light firecrackers or watch the Chinese New Year fireworks display.

    There are more celebrations after that first day of year. The fifteen day holiday ends on the Lantern Festival, when people go out to carry lanterns or watch a public display of lantern exhibits.


    Chinese New Year Resources for Teachers and Parents:

    Chinese New Year Books and Videos

    Kids will anticipate celebrating Chinese New Year with these fun materials.

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    Video. New Year in Ping Wei - A Documentary of China - DVD
    Information about the Chinese New Year. Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes
    Story about the Zodiac Animals. The Great Race, The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey, English, Softcover
    Kail-Lan celebrates Chinese New Year. Happy Chinese New Year, Kai-lan! with Nickelodeon's Ni Hao, Kai-lan, by Moly Reisner, English, Hardcover

    FREE! Chinese New Year Lesson Plan!

    K-4 Lesson Plan for Chinese New Year, make crafts to learn more about this happy celebration!


    Chinese New Year Powerpoint Presentation -

    About Customs and Traditions to celebrate the new year



    Chinese New Year Projects -- Free and Printable

    These fun projects can be done to while away the time while waiting during Chinese New Year's Eve, greet people or decorate the house!

    Make the house more festive for New Year with a Spring Paper Cutting Project, a string of flat lanterns or rotating mobile number 8s!

    On New Year's Eve, send happy greetings with this Spring Greeting Card.

    Kids can also play while waiting for the Chinese New Year celebration with a Lion Mask, a Chinese Kite, or Dragon Finger Puppets

    Everyone can also make red lucky envelopes to put money in.



    Chinese New Year Worksheets for Teachers and Parents



    Chinese New Year Worksheet Zodiac Missing Letters Missing Letters Worksheet for Chinese Zodiac

    Fill in the missing letters of each of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac on these three worksheets.

    Chinese Zodiac Worksheet Jumbled Words New Year Jumbled_Words Worksheet for Chinese Zodiac

    Unscramble the jumbled names of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac

    Chinese New Year Worksheet Zodiac Word Search Word_Search Worksheet for Chinese Zodiac

    Find the Customs and Traditions of the Chinese New Year. Answer of Word Search Worksheet for Chinese Zodiac

    Chinese New Year Worksheet Fill in the missing Letters Missing Letters Chinese New Year Worksheet

    Fill in the missing letters of each Customs and Traditions of the Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year Worksheet Jumbled Letters Jumbled Words Chinese New Year Worksheet

    Unscramble the jumbled names of the Customs and Traditions of the Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year Worksheet Word Search Chinese New Year Word Search Worksheet

    Chinese New Year Word Search for 15 words related to the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year Word Search Answer

    Chinese New Year Coloring Pictures!
    Customs, Zodiac Animals, Greetings, Couplets and more

    Chinese New Year Coloring Pages and Graphics

    Customs, Chinese Zodiac Animals, Greetings and Couplets - Free and Printable



    Coloring Page Description of Chinese New Year Custom
    Coloring Page Description of Chinese New Year Custom
    Chinese New Year Family Cleaning Coloring Page Cleaning The House - Chinese New Year Coloring Pager

    Cleaning the house in preparation for Chinese New Years is a way go get rid of bad luck, so the New Year is lucky. For decorations, the color red is used.


    Flowers of the Chinese New Year Coloring Page, Picture, Image Flowers of the Chinese New Year - Coloring Page. Plum blossoms represent courage and hope, since the plum blossoms even during winter.
    Kitchen God Coloring Page/Picture/Image Kitchen God - Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    The kitchen god watches over the household and gives a report to the Jade Emperor on the household for Chinese New Year. Often bribed with fruit in front of him as well as incense.


    Gate God for Chinese New Year Coloring Picture Gate Gods Coloring Page

    Drawings of them are put on the gates to guard the house during Chinese New Year and keep bad things out such as Monsters and Ghosts that might cause bad luck.

    Tray of Togetherness Coloring Page/Picture/Image Tray of Togetherness

    Food offered to guests during Chinese New Year and has eight compartments, each with a symbolic meaning.


    Chinese Lion Dance Coloring Page/Picture/Image Lion Dances - Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    Lion Dances during the New Year are done to bring Good Luck by chasing away evil spirits with loud noises from the fire crackers and drums and the face of the Lion.

    Dragon Dance Coloring Page Dragon Dance - Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    Dragon Dances are done to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year! Similar to the lion dance, but done with more people.


    Chinese New Year Families Visiting Coloring Picture Family gathering Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    Families during Chinese New Year come together just as American Families do for Thanksgiving.

    Chinese New Year Feast Coloring Picture, Page, Image Traditional Feast/Dinner for Chinese New Years Coloring Page.

    Foods served all have a symbolism are vary depending on the area of China. This is also called a Reunion Dinner.


    Good Luck Money Red Envelope Coloring Page Good Luck Money Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    Good Luck Money, the custom of giving money in red envelopes or packets by those older to those younger.

    Chinese New Year Fireworks Coloring Picture, Page, Image Fireworks - Chinese New Year Coloring Page

    Chinese New Year Fireworks with their loud noises are used to scare away evil spirits and bring in the New Year!


    Lantern Festival Coloring Pages Chinese Lantern Festival Coloring Pages

    Lantern Festival signals the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, held on the 15th day of the 1st month of the Chinese New Year.


    Chinese Zodiac animal - Rat

    Chinese Zodiac animal - Ox
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Tiger
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Rabbit
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Dragon

    Chinese Zodiac animal - Snake
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Horse

    Chinese Zodiac animal - Ram
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Monkey

    Chinese Zodiac animal - Rooster
    Chinese Zodiac animal - Dog

    Chinese Zodiac animal - Pig
    Chinese New Year Greeting - Coloring Page: "Happy New Year!" (Mandarin)

    Chinese New Year Greeting - Coloring Page: "Wishing You a Prosperous New Year!" (Cantonese)
    Chinese New Year Greeting - Coloring Page: "Wishing You a Prosperous New Year!" (Mandarin, used in Taiwan)
    Color your own Chinese New Year scroll "Pay a New Year Visit."
    Color your own Chinese New Year scroll "Wishing you Prosperity Every Year."
    Color your own Chinese New Year scroll "Chinese New Year."

    What is Your Chinese Zodiac Sign?

    See the table below, find the year of your birth and see what animal you are under the Chinese Zodiac

    Chinese New Year Start Date

    Year Name

    Chinese Year

    February 5, 2019

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4685

    February 16, 2018

    Year of Dog

    4684

    January 28, 2017

    Year of Rooster

    4683

    February 8, 2016

    Year of Monkey

    4682

    February 19, 2015

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4681

    January 31, 2014

    Year of Horse

    4680

    February 10, 2013

    Year of Snake

    4679

    January 23, 2012

    Year of Dragon

    4678

    February 3, 2011

    Year of Rabbit

    4678

    February 14, 2010

    Year of Tiger

    4677

    January 26, 2009

    Year of Ox

    4676

    February 7, 2008

    Year of Rat

    4675

    February 18, 2007

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4674

    February 16, 2006

    Year of Dog

    4673

    January 29,, 2005

    Year of Rooster

    4672

    January 24, 2004

    Year of Monkey

    4671

    February 01, 2003

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4670

    February 12, 2002

    Year of Horse

    4699

    January 23, 2001

    Year of Snake

    4698

    February 5, 2000

    Year of Dragon

    4697

    February 16, 1999

    Year of Rabbit

    4696

    January 28, 1998

    Year of Tiger

    4695

    February 7, 1997

    Year of Ox

    4694

    February 19, 1996

    Year of Rat

    4693

    January 31, 1995

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4692

    February 10, 1994

    Year of Dog

    4691

    February 2, 1993

    Year of Rooster

    4690

    February 4, 1992

    Year of Monkey

    4689

    February 15, 1991

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4688

    January 27, 1990

    Year of Horse

    4687

    February 6, 1989

    Year of Snake

    4686

    February 17, 1988

    Year of Dragon

    4685

    January 29, 1987

    Year of Rabbit

    4684

    February 9, 1986

    Year of Tiger

    4683

    February 20, 1985

    Year of Ox

    4682

    February 2, 1984

    Year of Rat

    4681

    February 13, 1983

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4680

    January 25, 1982

    Year of Dog

    4679

    February 16, 1981

    Year of Rooster

    4678

    February 16, 1980

    Year of Monkey

    4677

    January 28, 1979

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4676

    February 7, 1978

    Year of Horse

    4675

    February 18, 1977

    Year of Snake

    4674

    January 31, 1976

    Year of Dragon

    4673

    January 11, 1975

    Year of Rabbit

    4672

    January 23, 1974

    Year of Tiger

    4671

    February 3, 1973

    Year of Ox

    4670

    February 15, 1972

    Year of Rat

    4669

    February 27, 1971

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4668

    February 6, 1970

    Year of Dog

    4667

    January 30, 1969

    Year of Rooster

    4666

    January 30, 1968

    Year of Monkey

    4665

    February 9, 1967

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4664

    January 21, 1966

    Year of Horse

    4663

    February 2, 1965

    Year of Snake

    4662

    February 13, 1964

    Year of Dragon

    4661

    January 25, 1963

    Year of Rabbit

    4660

    February 5, 1962

    Year of Tiger

    4659

    February 15, 1961

    Year of Ox

    4658

    February 28, 1960

    Year of Rat

    4657

    February 8, 1959

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4656

    February 18, 1958

    Year of Dog

    4655

    February 12, 1957

    Year of Rooster

    4654

    January 12, 1956

    Year of Monkey

    4653

    January 24, 1955

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4652

    February 3, 1954

    Year of Horse

    4651

    February 14, 1953

    Year of Snake

    4650

    January 27, 1952

    Year of Dragon

    4649

    February 6, 1951

    Year of Rabbit

    4648

    February 27, 1950

    Year of Tiger

    4647

    January 29, 1949

    Year of Ox

    4646

    January 10, 1948

    Year of Rat

    4645

    January 22, 1947

    Year of Pig/Boar

    4644

    February 2, 1946

    Year of Dog

    4643

    January 15, 1945

    Year of Rooster

    4642

    January 25, 1944

    Year of Monkey

    4641

    January 5, 1943

    Year of Sheep/Ram

    4640

    February 15, 1942

    Year of Horse

    4639

    January 27, 1941

    Year of Snake

    4638

    February 8, 1940

    Year of Dragon

    4637

    February 19, 1939

    Year of Rabbit

    4636

    January 31, 1938

    Year of Tiger

    4635

    January 11, 1937

    Year of Ox

    4634

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