Asian Language School

 08 January 2017

Chinese New Year Songs for Kids


Aside from learning grammar and new vocabularies in their regular Chinese class, kids need to learn the culture of the target language, especially if they are non-background learners. One of the most important cultural event for Chinese people is the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. The celebration lasts for two weeks and it is an exciting time for kids because they will receive red packets from their parents and other relatives, and get to wear new clothes. In China, the Chinese New Year is a national holiday that lasts for one week. The excitement is comparable to Christmas holiday, when kids receive presents and do not have to go to school.

There are many activities that teachers and kids learning Chinese can do to learn about the Chinese New Year. Kids can learn about Chinese zodiacs and find out which animal zodiac they belong to. They can learn about the legend of Chinese New Year. They can also learn some Chinese New Year songs.

Here we are going to introduce you to three popular Chinese New Year songs.

恭喜恭

Chinese New Year Songs

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每条大街小巷 每个人的嘴里
见面第一句话 就是恭喜恭喜
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你
冬天一到尽头 真是好的消息
温暖的春风 就要吹醒大地
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你
皓皓冰雪溶解 眼看梅花吐蕊
慢慢长夜过去 听到一声鸡啼
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你
经过多少困难 经历多少磨练
多少心儿盼望 春天的消息
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你
恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀 恭喜恭喜恭喜你

You may have noticed that the word 福 is turned upside down. This symbolises that fortune has arrived. This is because the word for arrive 到 is similar in sound to the word 倒, which means upside down.

贺新

Chinese New Year Songs

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Greetings:
恭喜恭喜
恭祝大家发大财
想什么得什么
添福又添寿
大小平安 万事如意

贺新年 祝新年
新年哪 年连年
爆竹声声催人想幼年
贺新年 祝新年
新年哪 年连年
岁月悠悠光阴如箭
回首往事如烟 痛苦辛酸
寄望从今万事如愿
贺新年 祝新年
新年哪 年连年
愿大家都过个太平年

财神

Chinese New Year Songs

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财神到 财神到 财神到我家的大门口
迎财神 接财神 把财神接到我家里头
从今我交好运 财源滚滚来
做生意他一本万利 买马票他得心应手
万事都东成西就
财神到 财神到 大家迎接财神到

While kids expect Santa Claus for Christmas, Chinese New Year culture welcomes God of Wealth to their homes. Having your house visited by the God of Wealth is believed to bring the family fortune and abundance.

And finally, to wish someone a happy new year in Chinese, you can say:

新年快乐,万事如意
Xīnnián kuàilè wànshì rúyì
(Happy new year, may everything be as you wish)


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