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Chinese New Year


Teaching about Chinese New Year can be linked to many of the content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum  ( some listed below) and the Cross Curriculum Priority of Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia and the General Capability of Intercultural Understanding.

Content Descriptions

  • Year 1 History ACHASSKO29

How the present, past and future are signified by terms indicating time, as well as by dates and changes that may have personal significance, such as birthdays, celebrations and seasons

  • Year 1 and 2 HPE  ACPPS024

Recognise similarities and differences in individuals and groups, and explore how these are celebrated and respected

  • Year 3 History  ACHASSK065

Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan)

(Australian Curriculum)


The Chinese New Year is the most important of the holidays for the Chinese. It is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the Christian New Year, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose date indicates both the moon phase and the time of the solar year. A lunar month is around 2 days shorter than a solar month. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.(http://www.chinesenewyears.info/)

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