An extended series of worksheets that look at the celebration of Chinese New Year.

What is Chinese New Year? Like every culture has its own celebrations, traditions, festivities, holidays, and shenanigans, for people from China, the most important holiday and celebration throughout the year is the Chinese New Year. More than 20 percent of the world celebrates it! It is a Chinese celebration of the beginning of a year. Like how we celebrate New Year's on the 1st of January, this culture celebrate their new year based on their traditional Chinese calendar or Lunar Calendar. The new years for people with roots of China from various ancestral customs. Every year, the first day of this event begins on the new moon that appears between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. If you ever pay a visit to China, you'll hear them referring to the festival as 'Chunji,' which means the Spring Festival! Yes, the Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival since it signifies new beginnings and fresh starts.

This event is one of the world's most celebrated festivals. It does help when you are the country with the world's highest population. It is sometimes also referred to as the Spring Festival. The neat thing about this holiday is that the date it observed constantly changes based on the cycles of the moon. It can occur anywhere between late January to late February. The first night of the celebration is the night that the most fireworks are set off in the world. There are also some curious traditions with this one. You can't shower on New Year's Day and you can't sweep or throw out garbage until the fifth day. These worksheets include puzzles, reading sheets, editing activities, and extended writing activities. We cover a great deal of tradition and modern thoughts on the rituals of the holiday.

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Chinese New Year Worksheets

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Reading Passage

It is tied to the lunar calendar, and was originally a time to honor not only household and heavenly deities but also ancestors.

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Question Sheet

What was the name of the mythical beast in the legend behind this celebration?

What is a Lunar Calendar?

It played a role in religion, dynasties, and social culture. The Chinese lunar calendar may have existed as far back as the Shang Dynasty, in the 14th century B.C.

The Chinese Zodiac

Each year in the is associated with an animal sign. It is calculated according to lunar calendar.

My Zodiac Sign

Tell us all about your sign.

Word Search

Find the related words in the puzzle. Write each word you find on a line.

The Zodiac

Each clue describes the characteristics of one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Use the clues to complete the puzzle.


Find all the mistakes in each passage.

Syllables of Zodiac Signs

Circle the number of syllables for each word.

The "Year" Legend

A legend says that this celebration began because of a fight against a mythical beast called the "Year."

Action Writing

Describe the last time you spent quality time with your family. When was it? What did you do? Who was there?


On the lines below, write a duilian of your own. In the two lines, try to capture your hopes and wishes for the upcoming year.

Free Verse Worksheet

Read the poem. Then write a poem of your own about Chinese New Year using free verse.

Word Scramble

Unscramble the words.

The Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese believe that the birth year is an unlucky year.

Question Sheet

Why might you wear red in your birth year?

Chinese New Year Trivia

Answer all the trivia questions.

Acrostic Poem

Write an acrostic poem about Chinese New Year.