Toddler Activities: A Preview of Chinese New Year Activities
What Is Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks, and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year.
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The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal. There are various stories which explain this. The simplest is that Buddha invited all of the animals to join him for a New Year celebration, but only 12 animals turned up. To reward the animals that did come, Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived, starting with the Rat, followed by the Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat (or Sheep), Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Depending on the year you are born, you are believed to have the various character traits of that year's animal.
When is Chinese New Year?
February 7: Year of the Rat
January 26: Year of the Ox
February 14: Year of the Tiger
February 3: Year of the Rabbit
January 23: Year of the Dragon
February 10: Year of the Snake
January 31: Year of the Horse
February 19: Year of the Sheep
February 8: Year of the Monkey
January 28: Year of the Rooster
February 16: Year of the Dog
February 5: Year of the Pig