Happy Chinese New Year! 2019 is the Year of the Pig. We call it Chinese New Year, but the Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries. It's based on the phases of the moon! The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the New Moon that appears between January 21st and February 20th.
Our friend the Moon is here to explain this beautiful and exciting holiday. We should say holidays, because the Lunar New Year celebration lasts for 15 days! It's the longest national holidays. Many people travel from all over to visit with their families, and kids even get a whole month off from school!
The Lunar New Year is associated with the Chinese Zodiac. There is a small cycle of 12 years, each year denoted by a special animal sign. These are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Then the cycle begins again!
In this video, we'll learn about the traditional activities that take place on each of the 15 days of the Lunar New Year celebrations, including eating special foods, setting off fireworks, receiving red envelopes with money inside, and lighting special red lanterns.
If you'd like to learn more about the animal of the year, the pig, we have a special video all about them!
Pigs for Kids:
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National Geographic Chinese New Year for Kids
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Written by Cassi Jerkins
Performed by Cassi Jerkins
Animation and additional artwork by Michael Rosenbaum
Produced by Kimberly Hatch Harrison and Michael Harrison