Of all the Chinese holidays, Chinese New Year is the most loved and anticipated festival. This important event heralds the start of the new lunar year, not a calendar year. The festivities begin with the new moon of the first days and ends 15 days later, just on the next full moon. Chinese New Year is a lot more than just firecrackers, dancing dragons, and lucky money. It honors heaven, earth, and the ancestors too.
Coloring pages are a great way to introduce kids to celebrations and festivals from around the world. So if you are thinking of doing the same, then you have landed at the right place. Here is a collection of 15 Chinese New Year coloring pages featuring lanterns, masks, dragons and of course, zodiac signs and much more.
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1. Happy Chinese New Year:
Celebrate Chinese New Year with your children with this coloring page featuring an ancient Chinese lantern. This coloring sheet is a great way to introduce your kid to the Chinese New Year. A traditional Chinese lunar year falls on the first day of the first lunar month, following the winter solstice. Each year on the Chinese calendar symbolizes a particular animal. The Chinese New Year celebration continues until the Chinese Lantern Festival held 15 days after the New Year.
Here’s a Chinese New Year coloring page of an old-fashioned Chinese lantern for you to print out and color. Lanterns of all shapes and sizes are hung to commence the New Year. A Chinese New Year celebration ends with the Lantern Festival, a stunning spectacle of lanterns. The Lantern Festival began during the Han dynasty. In the early days, the lanterns were lit in honor of Lord Buddha. Even kids carry small lanterns during the Lantern Festival.
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3. Kids Celebrating Chinese New Year:
Here’s a lovely image capturing the excitement of a Chinese New Year party. It features two young children in traditional clothes dancing under the Chinese lantern. The Chinese people celebrate New Year in a grand way, especially the little ones. They stay up all night just to witness this joyful moment. Some even assist their parents in cleaning the house. After cleaning, the house is decorated to welcome the New Year. On new year morning, the kids dress up in new clothes and say ‘Gongxi,” which means ‘greeting’. It is also customary for children to visit elders and wish them longevity and health.
4. Chinese Zodiac:
As per Chinese astrology, each Chinese New Year is associated with an animal sign that occurs in a 12-year cycle. The twelve animals are Rabbit, Tiger, Ox, Rat, Pig, Dog, Rooster, Monkey, Goat, Horse, Snake and Dragon. All the 12 animals represent 12 different personalities. Wondering why this particular order of animals? A wonderful story about a race between different animals determined this particular order. The story tells how a rat won the race and the role of being the first animal to start the calendar. The Chinese New Year coloring sheets will make a perfect cover image for your kid’s Chinese Zodiac Book of Animals.
5. Dragon Dance:
Teach your kid about dragon dance with this playful coloring page. The dragon dance is an integral part of the Chinese New Year tradition. A group of dancers makes a long, flexible dragon using poles placed under the dragon cutout. Every New Year parade in China ends with a Dragon Dance. Do you wonder why dragons are so much important in Chinese culture? That’s because the dragon is a significant symbol of the New Year. It represents power, wisdom, and wealth. According to Chinese belief, Dragon Dance scares away bad and evil spirits and brings good luck for the incoming year. How many dancers can your kid spot in this picture?
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6. Kids Wishing Happy New Year:
Here’s a magnificent Chinese New Year coloring pictures depicting the tradition of Chinese New Year. The kids here are waiting patiently for the New Year bell to ring. A bell is also a symbol of Chinese New Year. Every year, the Chinese families visit squares or temple at the New Year’s Eve, to hear the bell ring. Some even go atop the mountain temples to wait for the bell to ring. People believe that ringing of the bells drive away bad luck and bring good fortune.
7. Year Of Goat:
The current year, 2015, is the year of goat as per Chinese mythology. The year of goat or sheep has close links with the 8th Earthly Brach symbol. The Chinese people regard goat as an auspicious animal and the year of goat heralds a year of peace and prosperity. The Goat People are gentle, elegant, but sometimes shy. They tend to get along well with pig, horse and rabbit people. Your kid is sure to get quality time with this coloring page.
8. Red Envelope:
Chinese Red Envelopes or hongbao are monetary gifts presented at a family gathering during the Chinese New Year. The significance of the envelope is the color, not the money inside. Chinese people love the color red and consider it as a symbol of good luck, happiness, and energy. It is also supposed to ward off evil spirits. Wrapping money in a red envelope symbolizes the givers wishes for the receiver. The Chinese people also consider it impolite to open the red envelope in front of the giver. Those who intend to give the red envelopes, prepare them in advance because kids start paying visits to elders as soon as the New Year bell rings.
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Here’s a free printable Chinese New Year coloring pages of dumplings, one of the primary foods of a Chinese New Year feast. Dumplings consist of finely chopped vegetables and meat wrapped in a thin dough skin. But Chinese eat rice dumplings for the New Year. Dumplings are also considered lucky in Chinese culture because they come in antique gold and silver ingots shapes.
10. Year Of Monkey:
The monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the Year of Monkey are said to be decisive, skillful, and intelligent. They also have excellent memories and can solve even the most difficult problems with ease. The Monkey people get along well with dragons and rats. The broad outlines of the printable Chinese New Year coloring page will ensure that the little toddlers do not face difficulties while coloring it. Does your kid know anyone who belongs to the year of the monkey?
11. Kite Flying:
Help your kid explore the Chinese custom of kite flying with this lovely coloring page. Kite flying is very popular in China and originated around 2000 years ago. Legends say that during spring and autumn, Lu Ban, the building master, made a bird shaped wooden kite for the new year. Soon after, the paper began to be used for making kites. The kite flying competition starts with the Chinese New Year when the south wind begins to drive away the cold air.
Here’s a Chinese New Year printable coloring pages of a bowl of oranges. This is a great picture for younger kids to colors. Oranges and tangerines are considered lucky in China. You will also see them on display in houses, offices and shops during the Chinese New Year. The bright orange color of the fruit symbolizes gold. The Chinese also believe that feasting on tangerine and oranges brings happiness and prosperity.
This adorable free Chinese New Year coloring pages shows a little Chinese boy hugging a goldfish. Fish is considered a lucky Chinese New Year symbol. A whole fish is an important part of a Chinese New Year reunion dinner. It is also a good omen to leave the head, bone and tail intact after eating the fish. It symbolizes abundance and a good beginning. Children can color the fish in traditional orange colors or can go wild and give the fish a multi-color look.
These fireworks are trying hard to make your kid’s Chinese New Year a special one. The moment New Year arrives, a crescendo of fireworks is launched to mark the occasion. The firework sounds like explosives and cannons. The Chinese people believe that noisy firework scares away bad luck. Firecrackers with red paper are the most popular with the Chinese.
15. Tray Of Togetherness:
Introduce your kid to the ‘Tray of Togetherness’ with this coloring page. The ‘Tray of Togetherness” or ‘chuen-hop’ is a tray full of candies, sweets, and dried fruits. Each of the food items in the tray carries a special significance. According to an old Chinese belief, the tray was kept in the bygone era to offer to the guests and every well-wisher who passed by. The tradition is still kept alive in many Chinese homes. It symbolizes harmony and unity within the members of the family. Ensure that your kid uses bright colors like gold, red, yellow and green for this coloring page.
So why wait? Tell your kid to take out his crayons or color pencils and get working on these coloring pages at once. The images are sure to give your kid’s young mind a creative high.
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