Lunar New Year: How much do you know about Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year is a celebration across East Asia that signifies the beginning of the lunar calendar. It’s a time for communities, families and friends to gather together and share food, give gifts and participate in festivities to celebrate the start of a new season.

You might also know the Lunar New Year by its other name – Chinese New Year! By referring to Chinese New Year as the Lunar New Year, it also includes celebrations from across Asia including South Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan.

But how much do you know about the Lunar New Year?! Let’s find out!

Question 1 out of 10:

What is the Lunar calendar based on?

red paper lanterns during nighttime

Question 2 out of 10:

In 2024, the celebrations begin on Friday 9th February. True or false? 

yellow and red fireworks against dark sky
Question 3 out of 10:

Why is this date chosen?

lunar eclipse against night sky
Question 4 out of 10:

In most countries, it’s traditional to remove bad luck before Lunar New Year by doing what?

Dog with a towel on its head being groomed
Question 5 out of 10:

Each year in the lunar cycle is named after an animal that has different characteristics and meanings.

But how many years, and animals, does the lunar cycle include?

greeting card with design of rabbits turning into a dragon
Just a quick random question – you don’t have to answer it if you don’t want to.

Have you heard of the V&A Museum (or Young V&A)?

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Yes and I love it! 15%

I already knew about it. 11%

Nope, it’s new to me! 38%

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Question 6 out of 10:

What year is 2024?

Ceramic figueres depicting the animals ofthe zodiac from the 8th century
Question 7 out of 10:

Which of these animals is not in the lunar cycle?

dog wearing pink party hat
Question 8 out of 10:

Most Lunar New Year decorations will be red. What does the colour red represent across East Asia?

gold and red print on red textile background
Question 9 out of 10:

In South Korea, the Lunar New Year is known as Seollal, their celebrations consist of dressing up in traditional Korean clothing and gathering to listen to old stories.

What’s the name of the traditional Korean clothing worn at these celebrations?

yellow and blue hanbok jacket
Question 10 out of 10:

What is the meaning of dragon dances in Lunar New Year traditions? 

person in red shirt holds dragon puppet

Are you ready to get your results?