Introduce your students to the many diverse New Year celebrations throughout the world. Listed below you'll find lessons, activities, printables, and other resources to help you teach your class about American traditions and the customs of countries such as China, Korea, and Vietnam. These activities will encourage your students to find out more about other cultures.
PrintablesWith our New Year's resources, students will learn the history of New Year's Eve and Day, as well as different New Year's celebrations and traditions around the world.
- My New Year's Resolutions (3-6)
- Chinese New Year Dragon Puppet
- My New Year's Resolutions (7-12)
- My New Year's Resolutions (K-2)
- New Year's Day
- Tet, the Vietnamese New Year
- Diwali, the Hindu New Year
- Sol-Nal, the Korean New Year
- New Year's Eve
- Sun Nin, the Chinese New Year
ReferencesUse our references to expand students' learning about the New Year with fun activities such as saying "Happy New Year" in different languages, traditions of the New Year, and more.
Chinese New Year ResourcesOur Chinese New Year Resources offer you worksheets, activities, quizzes, videos with activities, creative resources such as learning how to make a Chinese musical instrument, and more.
- Popular Social Studies Printables, Grades K-2
- Multicultural Music Resources
- Chinese Music
- Popular Social Studies Printables, Grades 9-12
- Asian Music Resources
- Chinese New Year Videos & Activities
- Making an Erhu
- More Chinese New Year Resources for Teachers
December Holidays Teacher ResourcesNumerous activities are included in our December Holidays Teacher Resources such as lesson plans, printables, skill builders, literature units, vocabulary lists, quizzes, games, and much more.
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Chinese New Year – Videos & Activities
Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, begins February 8, 2016.
Ways to say "Happy New Year" in such languages as Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Hebrew, Korean, Swedish, Vietnamese, and more.
by Borgna Brunner
A move from March to January
by Borgna Brunner
The celebration of the new year on January 1st is a relatively new phenomenon. The earliest recording of a new year celebration is believed to have been in Mesopotamia, c. 2000 B.C. and was celebrated around the time of the vernal equinox, in mid-March. A variety of other dates tied to the seasons were also used by various ancient cultures. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Persians began their new year with the fall equinox, and the Greeks celebrated it on the winter solstice.
The Chinese lunar year is divided into 12 months of 29 or 30 days. The calendar is adjusted to the length of the solar year by the addition of extra months at regular intervals. The years are arranged in major cycles of 60 years. Each successive year is named after one of 12 animals. These 12-year cycles are continuously repeated. The Chinese New Year is celebrated at the second new moon after the winter solstice and falls between January 21 and February 19 on the Gregorian calendar. The year 2007 translates to the Chinese year 4704–4705.