Chinese New Year Quiz

When does the celebration begin? Have you got your firecrackers ready? It's time to see how much you know about this holiday.

Quiz

When does the celebration begin? Have you got your firecrackers ready? It's time to see how much you know about this holiday.

1. Many Asian countries celebrate the lunar New Year along with China. What country's holiday is called Tet?

  • Korea
  • Vietnam
  • Japan

2. What's the legend behind using firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year?

  • They're meant to scare away monsters.
  • They wake up the gods in time for the celebration.
  • They provide light for the dark winter night.

3. According to Chinese custom, on New Year's Day you shouldn't...

  • Eat anything
  • Leave home
  • Sweep the house

4. What color should you wear for New Year's celebrations?

  • Red
  • White
  • Black

5. According to tradition, who do families visit on the first day of Chinese New Year?

  • Oldest family members
  • Youngest family members
  • Extended family member
  • Friends

6. What fruit, representing luck and prosperity, is traditionally the most popular to hand out for the Chinese New Year?

  • Pineapple
  • Tangerines
  • Star fruit
  • Papaya

7. According to legend, a god asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. When 12 came, he named a year after each animal, declaring that people born in that year would have some of that animal's personality. What is the name of the god?

  • Jesus
  • Allah
  • Buddha
  • Ganesha

8. Chinese New Year's celebrations traditionally start at the beginning of the month and end on what day?

  • 15th
  • 8th
  • 25th

9. During Chinese New Year celebrations, what do Chinese people often paint with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, hang in temples, and carry to an evening parade under the light of the full moon?

  • Bamboo sticks
  • Baskets
  • Masks
  • Lanterns

10. What is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo, and is the highlight of the traditional lantern festival?

  • Floats
  • Lanterns
  • A dragon
  • Fans

11. In 2010, Chinese New Year falls on what date that is also a Western holiday?

  • February 14
  • February 18
  • February 29
  • February 2

12. Which of these animals is not one of the twelve in the Chinese calendar?

  • Snake
  • Cat
  • Monkey
  • Pig

13. Which of the following is not a trait of the rat?

  • Charming
  • Practical
  • Patient
  • Hardworking

Your Results:

1. Many Asian countries celebrate the lunar New Year along with China. What country's holiday is called Tet?
Vietnam

2. What's the legend behind using firecrackers to celebrate Chinese New Year?
They're meant to scare away monsters.

3. According to Chinese custom, on New Year's Day you shouldn't...
Sweep the house

4. What color should you wear for New Year's celebrations?
Red

5. According to tradition, who do families visit on the first day of Chinese New Year?
Oldest family members

6. What fruit, representing luck and prosperity, is traditionally the most popular to hand out for the Chinese New Year?
Tangerines

7. According to legend, a god asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. When 12 came, he named a year after each animal, declaring that people born in that year would have some of that animal's personality. What is the name of the god?
Buddha

8. Chinese New Year's celebrations traditionally start at the beginning of the month and end on what day?
15th

9. During Chinese New Year celebrations, what do Chinese people often paint with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, hang in temples, and carry to an evening parade under the light of the full moon?
Lanterns

10. What is typically made of silk, paper, and bamboo, and is the highlight of the traditional lantern festival?
A dragon

11. In 2010, Chinese New Year falls on what date that is also a Western holiday?
February 14

12. Which of these animals is not one of the twelve in the Chinese calendar?
Cat

13. Which of the following is not a trait of the rat?
Patient

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