Chinese Festivals Resources

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival is the last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations and normally falls at the end of February or beginning of March. In 2021, Lantern Festival is on 26th February.

Resources:

BBC Bitesize - Exploring the Chinese Lantern Festival. A round up of the festival including Mandarin phrases, traditional food and a quiz. This resource is KS2 which is aimed at pupils ages 7-11. 

Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre - Make your own paper lantern. This video provides step by step instructions for pupils to make their own lantern for Lantern Festival. This is best suited to secondary pupils.

Chinesenewyear.net - Lantern Festival. This site provides lots of information on the festival itself for pupils to learn about all aspects of the celebration. The information can be adapted for both primary and secondary.

Twinkl - Lantern Festival. This site requires you to sign up but there are a few free resources available.

Qīng Míng Jié - Clear & Bright Festival

Qīng Míng Festival is also known as Tomb Sweeping Day and is a time to pay your respects to ancestors. In 2021, Qing Ming falls on 4th April. 

Resources

Youtube - This video explains more about the festival and how it is celebrated.

China Highlights - You can read more about how this day is celebrated and the traditions here.

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival falls on 14th June this year. We've collated resources below from around the web for teachers to help pupils learn about this important festival.

BBC Bitesize

Exploring the Dragon Boat Festival 

Learn a brief history of the festival and discover how people celebrate and what they eat. This page also has some Mandarin phrases to learn and a quiz. This resource is KS2 which is aimed at pupils aged 7-11.

BBC

The Dragon Boat Festival 

A short video on the festival and how migrant workers celebrate when they can’t return to their families. This resource would be suitable for secondary.

Other resources

World Stories 

This page provides the story of the Dragon Boat Festival. The story is available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. This would be suitable for secondary aged pupils.

Primary Treasure Chest

You will need to sign up to the website but these free resources include unlined and lined pages with a Chinese themed border plus A4 posters on Dragon Boat festival for classroom displays. This would be suitable for primary aged pupils.

National Geographic

This youtube video by National Geographic shows Dragon Boat racing during the festival. This could be modified for both primary and secondary lessons.

China Sichuan Food

This is a recipe for zongzi, a traditional food eaten during Dragon Boat Festival.

Mid Autumn Festival

Mid Autumn Festival falls on 21st September this year. Below are some resources that could be used to teach pupils about this festival.

BBC Bitesize

Exploring Mid Autumn Festival 

Learn a brief history of the festival and discover how people celebrate and what they eat. This page also has some Mandarin phrases to learn and a quiz. This resource is KS2 which is aimed at pupils aged 7-11.

Mid Autumn Festival in China

A video with classroom ideas aimed at upper primary but could be adapted for secondary pupils.

BBC

Mooncakes 

A video all about mooncakes, a traditional gift given and eaten during Mid Autumn Festival. This video would be suitable for secondary pupils.

TES

British Council Classroom Pack 

This website does require you to sign up to access the resource. The pack is aimed at upper primary. 

Other resources

Primary Treasure Chest

You will need to sign up to the website but these free resources include unlined and lined pages with a Chinese themed border plus a Mid Autumn theme acrostic poem sheet. This would be suitable for primary aged pupils.

South China Morning Post

This youtube video from South China Morning Post shows how the festival originated and what it is all about. This is suitable for secondary pupils.

China Sichuan Food

You can find a recipe for traditional mooncakes here.