25 Chinese New Year Quiz Questions and Answers

One of the most important holidays in Chinese culture, the Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

Steeped in traditions and often associated with a myriad of myths and customs, the festival originated as a time to honour deities and ancestors.

As this year’s festival approaches on 10th February, now is the perfect time to sharpen up your knowledge on the Lunar New Year with 25 Chinese New Year quiz questions.

Chinese New Year Quiz Questions and Answers


    1. Lunar New Year 2024 is the year of what animal?
    2. According to legend, Chinese New Year started with a mythical beast called what?
    3. What colour was this mythical beast afraid of?
    4. The first mention of celebrating at the start of a new year was recorded during which dynasty?
    5. What do many Chinese families do prior to the New Year celebration to get rid of bad luck of the previous year?
    6. What two items are put away on the first day of the New Year so good luck cannot be swept away?
    7. What beauty treatment is considered bad luck to do on the New Year?
    8. What is traditionally eaten at midnight in northern China?
    9. What is the tradition of staying up late on Chinese New Year’s Eve known as?
    10. What are traded on Chinese New Year as a courtesy to symbolise wealth and good luck?
    11. On what day of the Chinese New Year is the Lantern Festival?
    12. Who is visited on the first day of the Chinese New Year?
    13. What are children born in the Year of the Dragon considered to be?
    14. What is the name of the mythological monster who was said to come out on New Year’s Eve and touch the heads of sleeping children?
    15. What do older people traditionally give to younger people in their families on Chinese New Year?
    16. In some places, what type of tree is shopped for to celebrate?
    17. What was burnt to create small explosions and drive away evil spirits in ancient China?
    18. The second day of the Chinese New Year is believed to be which deity’s birthday?
    19. A family dinner is held for the birth of which heavenly emperor?
    20. According to myth, how were the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac selected?
    21. What is eaten during the Lantern festival?
    22. The seventh day of the Lunar New Year, Renri, is the birthday of what?
    23. What is another name for the Chinese New Year?
    24. Which food symbolises abundance and is an important part of the Chinese New Year?
    25. How many billion people celebrate Chinese New Year in some way?

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  1. Dragon
  2. The Nian
  3. Red
  4. Han dynasty
  5. Cleaning the house
  6. Dust pans and brooms
  7. Hair cuts
  8. Jiaozi
  9. Shousui
  10. Mandarin oranges
  11. The fifteenth day
  12. The oldest members of the families
  13. Lucky
  14. Sui
  15. Red money envelopes
  16. Plum tree
  17. Bamboo stems filled with gunpowder
  18. Che Kung
  19. The Jade Emperor
  20. A race
  21. Tangyuan
  22. Humans
  23. Spring Festival
  24. Fish
  25. 2 billion

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