Chinese New Year Quiz

Quiz all about Chinese New Year. You'll find many of the answers on our Spring Festival page
1. What is a 'guotie'?
lucky fish
kitchen demon
fried dumpling (jiaozi)
food
Eating dimsum dumplings on the street in gongguan; pictures by tashenka. February 2007. Photo by brappy! from Gongguan Market in Zhongzheng available under a Creative Commons license .

2. Which Chinese god is given an offering a week prior to Chinese New Year?
Kui Xing - god of literature
Zao Jun - the Kitchen god
Sun Wukong - the Monkey King
deity, eight immortals, Shandong, Penglai
Statue of the Eight Immortals at Penglai Pavilion, Shandong

3. Why are oranges, tangerines and similar fruits are often seen at Chinese New Year?
Wishes good luck
Lucky color
Adds Vitamin C to diet
orange
Dish of oranges, Hong Kong. Image by Fung Kimmia available under a Creative Commons License

4. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) usually takes place in which month(s)?
February or March
January or February
April or May
red lantern, lantern, chinese new year, spring festival
Red lanterns are hung from the trees during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Ditan Park (Temple of Earth) in Beijing. Image by Paul Louis available under a Creative Commons License

5. Why are fish widely eaten at Chinese New Year?
Fish keep away demons
Fish carry a wish for a long life
Fish in Chinese sounds like abundance
taiwan, yin yang, fish
Window detail of Zushih Temple, Sansia, Taipei County, Taiwan. Aug. 2008. Image by Benjiho available under a Creative Commons License

6. Which color envelope is traditionally used for gifts of money?
blue
green
red
God of Money, poster
Chinese Lunar New Year money god poster in Hong Kong. Image by Mk2010 available under a Creative Commons license

7. What are the lucky numbers in a year of the Ox?
five
four and one
nine
cat
Japanese lucky cat

8. Which astrological year follows the year of the snake?
horse
tiger
dragon
Hong Kong, zodiac, sculpture
The Garden of the Chinese Zodiac features twelve carved animals in the gardens of Kowloon Walled City Park, Hong Kong

9. Which event marks the traditional end of the Chinese New Year (Spring) festival?
Dragon Boat Festival
Lantern Festival
Easter
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

10. What heralds the start of New Year's day?
firecrackers
military parade
drinking vodka

11. Which day of the New Year festival should you give the family dog a treat?
2nd
8th
6th
Ming dynasty, Forbidden City, lion, Beijing
Gilded bronze, guardian xiezhi statue at Forbidden City, Beijing

12. Which character for good fortune is widely seen at Chinese New Year?
fēi
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

13. When is the next dragon astrological year?
2028
2024
2031
silk, dragon
Silk embroidery of Chinese dragon

14. What is the phase of the moon at Chinese New Year?
new
full
third quarter
garden, Foshan, Guangdong, architecture
Moon gate in Qinghui garden, Foshan city, Guangdong

15. The New Year greeting 'Gong hei fat choy' is in which language?
Wu
Cantonese
Vietnamese
lanterns, new year
Chinese New Year, Saigon, Vietnam. Image by falco available under a Creative Commons License
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