Chinese New Year 2024 occurs on February 10th, it is the year of the dragon. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, is based on the lunar calendar and usually falls between January 21 and February 20. Each Chinese New Year is associated with one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.
It is a time for families to come together. There are many traditions and customs associated with Chinese New Year.
Many people travel long distances to be with their families during this holiday. Special foods are prepared for the celebration, such as dumplings, fish, and rice cakes. These foods often have symbolic meanings related to good luck and prosperity.
Red Envelopes containing money (Hongbao) are given to children and unmarried young adults. It symbolises good luck and prosperity for the coming year.
The celebration lasts for 15 days, culminating in the Lantern Festival. People hang lanterns, enjoy parades, and eat sweet dumplings to mark the end of the festivities. Fireworks and dragon dances are common during Chinese New Year. The loud sounds and vibrant colours are believed to scare away evil spirits.
Houses are thoroughly cleaned before the New Year to sweep away bad luck. Red decorations, representing good fortune, are put up. People often write or buy special couplets, or “Chunlian,” with auspicious phrases to hang in their homes. These are believed to bring good luck and blessings.
Common greetings during Chinese New Year include “Xin Nian Kuai Le” (Happy New Year) and “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (Wishing you prosperity). Many cities around the world host parades, performances, and cultural events to celebrate Chinese New Year.
People often wear traditional Chinese clothing, such as the qipao or chang shan, during the festivities.
KidsKonnect has a range of resources for children learning about Chinese New Year: books, worksheets, and fun activities.
BBC Teach offers a Chinese New Year 2024 assembly pack and several videos.
BBC Teach offers a selection of primary resources to help teach pupils about the Chinese New Year 2024, also
Chinese New Year Resources for teachers are shared by TeacherVision.