Chinese New  Year 2021 – The Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year is full of so much culture and wonderful traditions and is a great learning opportunity for kids!

2021 is the year of the Ox. The ox is a highly valued animal because of its role in agriculture and positive characteristics. There is no set date for Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year) can begin anywhere from the 21st of January to 20th of February. Lunar New Year’s date is determined by the moon cycles. The new year date will be on the first new moon during this month period and will end with the new moon.

Chinese New Year was originally a day to pray to gods for a good harvest season and for fighting off monsters. Fireworks are set off with the aim to scare off bad luck. The festivities run for 16 days (if you include Lunar New Years Eve celebrations) and is a great opportunity to catch up with family.

There are 12 different Zodiac Animal signs. These include: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and, pig. You can find out what Zodiac Animal you are here.

chinese dragon

We have created this free, printable workbook that you and your little learner can work through to celebrate and appreciate some Chinese New Year culture. You can click on the below image to download.

This resource booklet includes a word search, colouring pages and information on Lunar New Year. You can print this out and complete with your little one and have some fun learning about Chinese culture.

We hope you enjoy the resource and Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)!

Chinese New Year Resource