Chinese New Year Reading Comprehension

Motivate readers with this free printable Chinese New Year reading passage for 3rd grade and up. Read and test reading comprehension with the online quiz or print and use offline.

Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world. In China, it's a time when families take holidays and get together. They gather at each other's homes for visits and meals, and often have a special feast on New Year's Eve.

Before the new year, it is a tradition to clean house to sweep away all the bad luck from the old year. Often, at midnight on New Year's Eve, people open all the doors and windows to let the old year leave.

People dress in bright red clothes to celebrate a happy year. They decorate their houses and write poems on red paper. The color red is for fire, which according to legend, can drive away bad luck. It is also a tradition to bang gongs and set off fireworks to celebrate and to frighten off evil spirits.

At Chinese New Year people give money to children in red envelopes. The red color is for good luck, and the amount of money can be anything from a few coins to a larger amount. Lucky money envelopes are also known as Red Packets or Red Envelopes.

Chinese New Year is a 15-day holiday. It begins on the first day of a new moon and ends with the Lantern Festival, which is held 2 weeks later on the night of the bright full moon.
Chinese New Year is celebrated only in China.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False What does the color red represent?
blood
fire
wealth
fire What color clothes do many people wear during the New Year holiday?
red
yellow
gold
red How long is the Chinese New Year holiday?
1 day
15 days
1 month
15 days What is in a New Year's Red Envelope?
candy
lucky money
a poem on red paper
lucky money How much Lucky Money do most children get?
at least one dollar
$50
It can be any amount.
It can be any amount. Why do people bang on gongs?
to call people to dinner
to start the Lantern Parade
to frighten off evil spirits
to frighten off evil spirits Why do people open the doors and windows on New Year's Eve?
to let the old year leave
to get fresh air into the house
to let out the cooking smells
to let the old year leave According to tradition, why do people clean house before New Year's?
to welcome the spirits
to get ready for the feast
to sweep away bad luck from the old year
to sweep away bad luck from the old year Why do people wear red at New Year's?
Red is a lucky color and drives away bad luck.
Red is the color of the Chinese flag.
It's the color of a sunset.
Red is a lucky color and drives away bad luck.

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