Chinese New Year

People around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Also known as the spring festival, it's the longest and most celebrated date on the Chinese calendar. The celebrations last for fifteen days and each 'new year' is associated with one of the twelve animals on the Chinese zodiac cycle.

This week's celebrations mark the beginning of the year of the monkey. Matt Rivers has more.

Instructional Links

Website Article: Travel China Guide, Chinese Zodiac - Year of the Monkey

http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/social_customs/zodiac/monkey.htm

Website Article: China Highlights, The Chinese Zodiac

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/

Encyclopedia Article: World Book Student, Chinese Zodiac & Origin

http://www.worldbookonline.com/student/article?id=ar756766

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Activities & Crafts: DLTK's Growing Together: Chinese New Year and China Crafts and Children's Activities

http://www.dltk-holidays.com/china/

Lesson Plan: Read, Write, Think, The Chinese New Year

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/chinese-year-starts-today-20424.html

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