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

Chinese New Year 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 Chinese New Year 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.

The Chinese New Year 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 Chinese 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 Chinese New Year?

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 Chinese lunar calendar.

My Chinese Zodiac Sign

Tell us all about your sign.

Word Search

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

The Chinese 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 Chinese New Year 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 Chinese New 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.