Chinese New Year Celebrations and Activities

Year of the Ox

Year 4718... or is it 4719? on the Chinese Calendar
(2021 on the Western Calendar)

Here is a quote from:
"Some web sites say the year 2011 is the 4709th Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you: The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the day that was used as the first day of the year was the winter solstice, which was around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st meant nothing to the Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C., then year 2011 is the 4709th Chinese year."

Learning About the Chinese New Year

Mr. Donn's Lesson Links - lots of them!
but I like the "old version" from the WayBack Machine!   

  Chinese New Year Information
Saved webpage from the Wayback Machine

Chinese Calendar Home Page

Chinese Zodiac
VIDEO: History Channel- Bet You Didn't Know: Chinese New Year

National Geographic - Kids: Learn about Zodiac Animals
PowerPoint presentations - Downloads available here


Lesson Plans for China / Chinese New Year

Ancient China for Kids
(LOTS of great information but watch out that you don't click on all those advertisements!)
Chinese New Year lessons - see above "Mr. Donn's Lesson Links"

A to Z Kids Stuff about China
Chinese New Year Activities 2021 for the Classroom

K to 5 Lesson Plan: Lions, Dragons, and Nian: Animals of the Chinese New Year
(This has links to various resources.)




Resources from

Chinese Inventions and Lunar New Year

Lucky Money Envelope template (very basic!)

How to Use Chopsticks

Chinese New Year Activities



Chinese Stories and Writing Activities

Lesson - comparison of Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po
via the Wayback Machine!


Dragon Art & Drawing Activities

How to Draw a Chinese Dragon


Other Chinese New Year Activities
Visit Vancouver's Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden online

Find your Chinese Zodiac Animal... and your other signs too.

The history of Chinese Tangram Puzzles
Online Tangram activity

China Adventure: a site for Kids and Parents
Saved webpage from the Wayback Machine
(can be a bit slow to load, but is worth the wait!)

Printable clipart, maps, activities: China (abcteach has a free resource section)

Chinese New Year 2021 Lesson Kits by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden


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This page created January 2001
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