Chinese New Year

Image: Fireworks Display Chinese New Year by Choo Yut Shing on Flickr

The Chinese New Year festival is the most important of the holidays for the Chinese. Also known as the Spring festival, it marks the start of the new year, beginning on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar. These resources have been selected to support this popular topic.,SCIS 1697981

See also: Festivals and Celebrations


Chinese horoscopes

An entertaining look at Chinese horoscopes.

Suggested level: primary

Facts About Chinese New Year

Learn about the fireworks, lantern festivals and special family feasts that are held, and the importance of the New Year to the Chinese people.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

To discover information and images about the Chinese New Year use the search term ‘Chinese New Year’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term ‘Chinese New Year’

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Britannica Online School Edition provides information on popular festivals and holidays around the world. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you) to read and enjoy.

The Story of Noodles, by Ying Chang Compestine, 2002 (picture book)
The Story of Paper, by Ying Chang Compestine, 2003 (picture book)
The Year of the Dog, by Grace Lin, 2006 (junior fiction)


Discovering China, Chinese New Year, Youtube (11.25)

The Story of Nian, a Chinese New Year Story, Youtube (03.01)z