#CelebrateWithDE – Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is celebrated on the new moon that falls between 21st January and 20th February. This year, Chinese New Year falls on January, 28th and welcomes in the Year of the Rooster. The festival both celebrates the hard work of the previous year, and for individuals to wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year. There are many traditions associated with the new year festivities including, family dinners, dances, and cultural activities. Use the Discovery Education resources below to discover many of the customs, symbols, and traditions of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Featured Resources

Geography and Culture of China: The Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Explores the customs, symbols, and traditions of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, which is the largest and most beloved festival in China. Many of the customs, such as specific dances, colors, foods, and festive activities have symbolic significance for welcoming the new year and saying goodbye to the old one.


Lion Dancers at Chinese New Year Parade
Discovery Education Streaming Plus
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

Lion dancers are an important part of Chinese New Year celebrations. The lion in Chinese culture symbolizes power and is an important component in this celebration.


Chinese New Year Content Collection
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

Celebrate the start of the lunar year with a look at Chinese history and cultural symbols.


Chinese New Year Traditions
Discovery Education Streaming

Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

Describes the music, dance, and symbols that are traditions of the Chinese New Year.


Spotlight on Strategy: 3 Truths….1 Lie
All Services

Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

Help students focus on the main idea within the videos with Spotlight on Strategy: 3 truths…1 lie. Prior to your lesson create 3 truths and 1 lie about the content you are viewing. As they watch the video, have students work in pairs or individually to identify which statements are true and which is the lie. Then discuss as a whole group providing evidence for each statement.


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  1. Terry Klaus said:

    For me, American, it has always been interesting to know more about Chinese New Year. This sounds so exotic to me. Why all people celebrate New Year on 31st of December and Chinese people in January. Chinese people rock! They celebrate almost 7 days. The old Chinese schedule, on which the Chinese New Year is based, worked as a religious, dynastic and social guide. Prophet bones engraved with cosmic records show that it existed at any rate as ahead of schedule as fourteenth century B.C., when the Shang Administration was in power. The timetable’s structure wasn’t static: It was reset by which ruler held power and changed being used by area. This is cool, don’t you think so?

    • Willow Frank said:

      I have been to China last year and I had celebrated the new year with my friends. I was working on a research-based project as an educational writer at Assignment Assistance. I have to say that these people are rock and it was a wonderful celebration.

  2. ankit said:

    Yup guys there was my tour in china really was awesome. I enjoy in china very much and this was incredible i also want to thank to my travel Chinese company .thanks a lot china for give me unforgettable moments

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