Chinese New Year is a very important festival in China and this year – 2014 – is going to be the Year of the Horse. The Chinese New Year starts on the 31st of January and this year will be 4712 on the Chinese Calendar. The animals used to identify the years on the calendar are in a twelve year cycle and are the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. This is different to our signs of the zodiac, which identify twelve different months in a year. China follows a lunar calendar; therefore, its years are based on cycles of the moon, not the calendar dates that we are used to.
Chinese New Year 2014
Find out more: have a go at quizzes, play games and undertake different crafts at the following web sites:
Top Marks Chinese New Year – here you can learn about the zodiac animals and see which one you are.
Activity Village, What is Chinese New Year – there are lots of facts and printables here for use in the classroom.
Chinese New Year from the BBC –a more in depth study, suitable for older pupils.
Enchanted Learning has crafts for Chinese New Year and a great chart of the years and their corresponding animals
Fact Monster has a great quiz to challenge everyone!
There are also lots of lesson plans and downloadable teaching resources for the Chinese New Year from the TES