Chinese New Year will begin on February 10, 2013 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake.
All, or at least most, of the links in this “The Best…” list are also included in The Best Sites For Learning About New Year Celebrations.
I just thought it would be helpful to teachers and others to put all of the Chinese New Year ones in its own separate list, too. It makes it a little more simple for my students when we have a lesson on the holiday. You can see a schedule of when the New Year begins in every year here.
2009 was the Year of the Ox, 2010 is the Year of the Tiger, and 2011 is Year of the Rabbit.
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Here are my choices for The Best Resources For Chinese New Year:
Read this British Council talking story about the Chinese New Year.
The History Channel has an excellent site on the Chinese New Year.
PBS Kids has a series of Chinese New Year games students can play.
Watch a slideshow of a Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco.
Chinese New Year Resources From Topmarks has a number of accessible materials available.
Here are some new Chinese New Year resources for ELL’s from the British Council:
Listen to, and read, a song about Chinese New Year.
Apples 4 The Teacher has a nice interactive that students can use to learn what animal is influencing their life because of the year you were born.
Here are images and videos from the San Francisco Chronicle about a Chinese New Year mini-parade in Chinatown.
EL Civics has developed a Chinese New Year Lesson specifically for English Language Learners.
The S.F. Chronicle has a special page filled with slideshows and videos about present and past Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Lunar New Year is the title of a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a great group of photos on Chinese New Year: Welcoming The Ox.
Year Of The Ox is the title of a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
TIME Magazine also has a Chinese New Year slideshow.
MSNBC has a video showing global celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
Ushering In The Year Of The Ox is a slideshow from Radio Free Asia.
ESL Holiday Lessons has an online lesson on the holiday designed for English Language Learners.
Chinese New Year is the simple title of a variety of listening exercises from ELLO.
The Great Race is an accessible talking story from the British Council.
The Kent ICT Website has a number of New Year materials.
Chinese New Year Photos comes from CBS News.
Tigers, Penguins Celebrate New Year is a video from CBS.
Building new memories for the Lunar New Year is a CNN video.
Chinese New Year is another CNN video.
Year Of The Tiger is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Year Of The Tiger is a slideshow from Reuters.
The Orange County Register has a slideshow of an elementary school celebration of the Year of the Tiger.
Year of the tiger: Chinese lunar new year celebrations around the world in pictures is from The Telegraph.
Welcoming the Year of the Tiger is from the Boston Globe’s Big Picture.
Here’s a Chinese New Year game for English Language Learners.
Here Comes The Rabbit is a slideshow from The Wall Street Journal.
Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rabbit is a series of photos from The Sacramento Bee.
Chinese New Year 2011 is from The Big Picture.
This is from The Atlantic:
In 2011, February l7th “is observed as the Lantern Festival – the 15th and final day of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities. The holiday is the most important annual celebration in China, when the nation largely shuts down as families gather together for reunions and feasts. More than 2.5 billion passenger trips by air, rail, bus or sea are taken around the holiday, according to the Chinese government. The Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xiao Jie, will complete the welcoming of the Year of the Rabbit – from the Chinese zodiac, indicating a year of caution and calm, with a quiet underlying strength and determination.”
The San Francisco Chronicle has plenty of photos from the city’s Year of the Rabbit parade.
The Year Of The Dragon is a TIME slideshow.
In pictures: Chinese New Year is from The BBC.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in Los Angeles is a slideshow from the L.A. Times.
Year of the Dragon is a slideshow from The LA Times.
Lunar New Year 2012 is a Boston Globe slideshow.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2012 is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.
MSNBC has a similar slideshow.
Here’s a New York Times video about the Year of the Dragon:
Incredible ice houses at Chinese Lantern Festival is a CBS News slideshow.
Chinese New Year Songs comes from Top Marks.
The Chinese New Year starts today is a series of lesson plans from Read Write Think.
Chinese Lunar New Year 2013: Year of the Snake is an ABC News slideshow.
In pictures: Lunar New Year celebrations is from The BBC.
Chinese Year of Snake celebrations in Asia is an article with videos from The BBC.
Year Of The Snake 2013: Chinese Celebrate Lunar New Year (PHOTOS) (VIDEO) is from The Huffington Post.
Chinese New Year 2013: Spectacular Images of Celebrations of Snake Year from around the World [PHOTOS] is from the International Business Times.
The School Bell has an older, but still useful, visual guide.
Snakes for the New Year is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.
Here’s a Reuters’ video:
China’s ‘Snake Village’ seeks New Year riches is from News.com in Australia.
Year Of The Snake is a CBS News slideshow.