Chinese New Year
The Year of the Monkey
The Chinese New Year of the Monkey began on 8 February 2016. It is year 4714 on the Chinese Calendar.
The date of Chinese New Year varies each year and the next will be on 28 January 2017, when it will be the Year of the Rooster.
What is Chinese New Year?
Find out what Chinese New Year is about, its importance as a festival in China and when it is celebrated. Here we explain how the timing of this festival is based on the phases of the moon known as the Lunar calendar.
Chinese New Year Customs
One in every six people in the world celebrate Chinese New Year. Customs vary in different parts of the world but everywhere the main idea is to remember family and wish everyone peace and prosperity in the coming year.
The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle, each of the years being named after an animal.
There are several legends about how the Chinese Zodiac animals were chosen. We have illustrated one of the most popular legends as a story for you to enjoy.
Chinese Dragon Game
Chinese Dragon maths game is an ordering and sequencing numbers game based on the Chinese New Year dragon theme. It's suitable for 5-11 year olds.
Make a Monkey Card
To mark the Year of the Monkey, use our free printable template to make either a Happy New Year greetings card or a monkey stick puppet.