Lunar New Year (Spring Festival)

The Chinese lunar year is celebrated with rich traditions, food, and family. Along with my book, there are numerous online resources to learn about the history of this important holiday and all the ways you can enjoy it with your own family, friends, and students.

Here are some materials that will help get you started as you plan your lesson or celebration. The printables include craft project instructions for each zodiac animal year that I have in my web archive (a full set of animals can be found in the book). But these project templates are interchangeable with any animal graphic or other artwork.

How to wish someone a Happy New Year in Mandarin:

gōngxǐ fācái  恭喜發財

SEE How-To Craft Video page for the tutorial!

Make a Spring Festival Papercut.


  • Spring Couplet
  • Lanterns
  • Money Tree
  • Auspicious Red and Gold
  • Oranges and Peaches


  • Whole Fish
  • Long Noodles
  • Whole Chicken
  • Tray of Togetherness
  • Dumplings
Link to Spring papercut craft.
(open in new window and save as png)
Link to Good Fortune character.
Jen holding New Year envelope.
Link to Year of the Dog mini lantern craft.
Link to the Lucky Money Envelope for the Year of the Rooster craft.
Link to the Year of the Monkey bookmark craft.
Link to Year of the Goat chopstick case.
Link to Year of the Horse hanging pendant craft.