Chinese New Year Quiz

Quiz all about Chinese New Year. You'll find many of the answers on our Spring Festival page
1. What are the lucky numbers in a year of the Ox?
four and one
two and three
Japanese lucky cat

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

3. Which event marks the traditional end of the Chinese New Year (Spring) festival?
Qingming Festival
Confucius' Birthday
Lantern Festival
festival, temple, lion dance
Traditional lion dance near a temple

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

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

6. When is the next dragon astrological year?
silk, dragon
Silk embroidery of Chinese dragon

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

8. What is the phase of the moon at Chinese New Year?
first quarter
garden, Foshan, Guangdong, architecture
Moon gate in Qinghui garden, Foshan city, Guangdong

9. Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) usually takes place in which month(s)?
February or March
January or February
March or April
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

10. Why are fish widely eaten at Chinese New Year?
The god of fish was born on Chinese New Year
Fish in Chinese sounds like abundance
Fish keep away demons
taiwan, yin yang, fish
Window detail of Zushih Temple, Sansia, Taipei County, Taiwan. Aug. 2008. Image by Benjiho available under a Creative Commons License

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

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

13. What is a 'guotie'?
door guardian
lucky fish
fried dumpling (jiaozi)
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 .

14. Which Chinese god is given an offering a week prior to Chinese New Year?
Zao Jun - the Kitchen god
Sun Wukong - the Monkey King
Mi Le Fo - the Laugjhing buddha
deity, eight immortals, Shandong, Penglai
Statue of the Eight Immortals at Penglai Pavilion, Shandong

15. What heralds the start of New Year's day?
President's speech
phoenix dances
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