The Chinese Lunar Calendar is 2,640 years older than ours and never begins on January 1st, nor does it begin on the same date each year. It can begin any time between January 21st and February 18th, depending on the date of the New Moon in Aquarius. Each year is named for an animal. Every 12 years this cycle begins again. The Chinese say that the animal ruling the year you were born will influence your life. In 2011, Chinese New Year begins February 3rd and will be the year of the Rabbit. Want to know what animal rules the upcoming years? Here's a chart that tells when the Chinese New Year begins and the animal sign that belongs to it.
Here are some online short stories with a multicultural theme that are great for sharing during the Chinese New Year celebrations :-) Short Stories