Chinese New Year History, Facts
and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Chinese New Year theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

The history of the Chinese New Year is too old to be traced back to its origin. Now, popularly referred to as the Spring Festival, there are several theories about how it began. The Beginning of Spring is one, and the first, of twenty-four expressions regarding the changing of the seasons in nature.

One thing that is agreed upon regarding the history of the Chinese New Year is that “Nian” means “year” in Chinese, and it was named after the beast who attacked people on the night before the new year began on the Chinese calendar. It had a very large mouth and was able to swallow many people at once. An old man attempted to subdue the beast, and he ended up riding away on the back of Nian the monster. Before he left, he told people to decorate their windows with red paper creations, because red was the color most feared by the beast. The old man turned out to be an immortal god, and this conquest has been observed over the generations.

The practice of placing red paper decorations in windows to scare away the Nian still exists today, along with blasting fireworks, just in case the monster runs loose once again.

”Guo Nian” means “Survive the Nian.” But today it is interpreted as “Celebrate the Year,” as “guo” has both the meaning of “observe” as well as “pass over.”

Most people today have forgotten the meaning and history behind the Chinese New Year. But they continue their traditions of a colorful, mostly red, celebration of light and sound to add excitement to the beginning of the New Year. The history of Chinese New Year has a different interpretations by each person. This is general facts about Chinese New Year.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Chinese New Year to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

History of Chinese New Year
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