The Chinese year starts on a different date each year. In 2014, it starts on 31st January .
The Chinese Dragon
The dragon is an important part of the new year celebrations and is paraded through the streets. It represents wisdom, strength, benevolence, and good fortune.
Why does the date of the Chinese New Year change every year?
The Chinese use the Lunar calendar for their festivals. The Lunar calendar is based on the time the moon takes to go around the Earth. (The Western calendar is based on the time it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun.)
The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years.
Chinese year always starts between January 21st and February 21st, inclusive, and takes place at sunset on the day of the second (sometimes rarely on the third) New Moon following the winter solstice (21 or 22 December).
How long do the New Year celebrations last for?
Chinese New Year celebrations last for two weeks and end with Teng Chieh, the lantern festival, on the full moon about 15 days later.
The Chinese Calendar
Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, the Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. Some people believe that people born in a particular year such as the year of the Rat will have some of the characteristics of that animal. It is said that "The animal hides in your heart."
My Chinese zodiac sign is the rat. What about you? Look for your birth year in the zodiac calendar and see what animal your sign is. Write a comment and tell me about your birth year and your sign.
A bottle of milk. A jar of jam. A glass of orange juice. A jug of water. A packet of sugar. A slice of pizza. A piece of cheese.A bowl of rice. A cup of hot chocolate. A loaf of bread. A jar of honey. A packet of flour.
I've got one brother. His name is Raul and he's got short straight brown hair and big black eyes.
And I've got a dad and a mum. My mum's got big brown and green eyes and long curly red hair.
I've also got one hamster. Her name is Kira and I love it because for me it's the best pet in the world. My hamster's got short straight brown and white hair and small black eyes. Her favourite foods are carrots and strawberries.
This song is very easy. Watch this video and sing along!
Write a comment and complete the sentences about your five senses. You can look and see with your ...... You can listen and hear with ...... You can touch and feel ...... You can eat and taste ...... You can sniff and smell ......
Shapes are everywhere you look everywhere you look there are shapes Shapes are found in everything everything is made out of shapes Come on! Let's find shapes! I see a ......., I see a ........, I see a ......... over there Come on kids! Let's draw shapes in the air! Faster!
In the classroom there is a calculator, a ruler, a dictionary, a pencil case, a rubber, a sharpener, a folder, a notebook, scissors, a pen, a pencil, four crayons, a sheet of a paper, a school bag, a board, a bin, a chair, lots of books, a door, a window, six drawers, a cupboard, three tables and two lamps.
Would you like to design a personalized 2014 calendar for you, your friends or family? You can put it in your bedroom or study and mark important dates, like your birthday, other people's birthdays, holidays, festivals and celebrations .
Click on the links and design a year calendar or a month calendar.