Chinese New Year

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Year of the dog 2018
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Year of the Dog

2018 is the Year of the Dog, according to the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year begins on 16 February 2018. Before this date, it is still the Year of the Rooster (2017).

February 16, 2018 is the beginning of the Year of the Dog!

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Chinese New Year Facts
Top Marks is a great site with lots of information for kids about Chinese New Year. Click on the items on the side menu and find out about New Year customs and how to make paper animals. Watch the Chinese dragon dance and the Chinese lion dance. Read the Chinese zodiac story. More zodiac animal information at Fact Monster. Listen to a girl talk about what she does during Chinese New Year on this British Council website.

Information plus Arts and Crafts
Both of these are great information sites. Lots of Arts and Craft ideas to try at Enchanted Learning, including making a tangram puzzle, a paper lantern, a dragon toy or a paper bag panda puppet. Activity Village has many art and craft ideas and printables including colouring pages, Zodiac charts, Chinese letters and much more. 


The Legend of Nian
The origins of some Chinese New Year traditions can be found in the Legend of Nian. Nian was a monster who terrorised villagers on the first day of every new year. Read St Ninian's High School's version of the Guo Nian legend. You can read another version of The Legend of Nian on Mr Donn’s China Pages. The British Council website has an animated version.


Chinese New Year Videos

Watch a few videos from History.com. Try Bet you didn't know (2:42) which explains customs and shows how people celebrate. Another video on this site, called Chinese New Year (3:31) tells about traditions, the legend of the monster Nian, and the origins of the celebration.



Chinese New Year in Australia

Many people in Australia celebrate Chinese New Year with parades, fireworks, markets and more. Find out more at this Australian Government website or Time and Date.com. Scroll down this page to learn about some of the 70 events planned for 2017 in Sydney

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Chinese New Year in the USA
Some of the biggest celebrations outside China take place in the United States. Read these articles written by kids at Scholastic.com about how Chinese New Year was celebrated in their cities in 2011, 2012 and 2013.



Behind the News 
This Behind the News story for 2007 explains the lunar calendar and the astrology behind Chinese New Year. Watch this 5 minute video clip for kids to see Chinese New Year customs in practice.



China

Learn some key facts about China at Science Kids. For more detailed information about this fascinating country, check out A China Family Adventure.


Kids should learn to speak Chinese 
Former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, spoke Mandarin. Former British PM David Cameron believes more kids should learn to speak Mandarin. Learn how to say and write Mandarin words at BBC Schools. Click the arrow to hear the word. You can also learn with songs, videos and games.


The Giant Panda
The endangered giant panda is China’s most well known animal. Find out about pandas at San Diego Zoo where you can watch live cam, recorded video or scroll through photos of these beautiful creatures. Read about what the World Wildlife Organisation is doing to help pandas. 




Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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