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.


The Lantern Festival and Dragon Dance

The lantern festival is held on the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year holiday. People hang lanterns everywhere - in the streets, in temples, at their homes, and in public spaces. The lanterns are also carried in a night parade under the light of the full moon. Some of the lanterns are painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac signs, or scenes from legends. The lantern festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.

An important part of the lantern festival is the dragon dance. The New Year dragon dances are performed to scare away evil spirits. The dragon, which might stretch as much as a football field long, is often made of silk, paper, and bamboo. Long dragons are thought to be luckier than shorter ones.

The dragon is usually held up by young men who dance as they walk the colorful dragon through the streets. During the dance the men hold poles that raise and lower the dragon.

Unlike people of many other cultures, the Chinese think of dragons as helpful, friendly creatures. They are linked to good luck, long life and wisdom.



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What is used to move the dragon up and down?
poles
strings
shoes
poles Who holds up the dragon as it goes through the streets?
children
the mayor
young men
young men The lantern festival marks the beginning of Chinese New Year.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Shorter dragons are luckier than longer ones.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Chinese people think of dragons as friendly.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
True Which of these are NOT usually what dragons are made of?
bamboo
shells
silk
shells Why are dragon dances performed?
to entertain children
to welcome the spirits
to scare away evil spirits
to scare away evil spirits When is the New Year Lantern Festival held?
New Year's Eve
the first week of the holiday
on the 15th day of the holiday
on the 15th day of the holiday

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