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Chinese New Year Trivia (Quiz)

by Sara Duncan

Chinese New Year is a hugely popular event in Thailand, but how much do you know about the traditions and celebrations? Test your Chinese New Year knowledge by taking our trivia quiz below. Watch out, there are some tough questions in there!

Try the quiz below and share the results with your friends at the end of the quiz. Good luck!!

#1. Is Chinese New Year traditionally a public holiday in Thailand?

Although Chinese New Year is widely celebrated in Thailand it is traditionally not a public holiday. However, the Thai government has, for the first time in history, announced the Chinese New Year among the new official government holidays for 2021.

#2. 2021 represents which element in the Chinese zodiac?

The Chinese zodiac cycles through five elements; wood, fire, earth, water, and metal. 2021 will be the year of metal.

#3. What traditionally happens at midnight on Chinese New Year?

Traditionally, on the stroke of midnight on the Chinese New Year, every door and window in a Chinese house is opened to allow the old year to go out.

#4. 2021 represents which animal from the Chinese zodiac?

2021 is the year of the Ox. 2020 was the year of the Rat and 2022 will be the year of the tiger.

#5. What determines the date for Chinese New Year?

The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar: the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21. Thus, each time the New Year in China falls on different dates of the usual Gregorian calendar, between January 21sr and February 20th.

#6. What percentage of the Thai population is Chinese?

Chinese account for about 12-14% of Thailand’s population. About 7 million Chinese live in Thailand, which is an important part of Thailand’s multiculturalism and ethnicity.

#7. What date is Chinese New Year 2021?

Chinese New Year 2021 will be observed on Friday, February 12th, 2021. However, the Chinese New Year festival period lasts for 16 days, starting from Chinese New Year’s eve to the Lantern Festival. In 2021, the Chinese New Year festival will begin on February 11th and go on till February 26th.

#8. Which of the following is not traditionally allowed on Chinese New Year's Day?

Showering is not traditionally allowed on Chinese New Year’s Day. This is so you don’t wash away the good luck. Other taboos include:

  • Using scissors, knives, and other sharp things
  • Arguing, swearing
  • Saying unlucky words (such as “death” and “sickness”)
  • Breaking things

#9. Bangkok's Chinatown is one of the largest in the world, but what is the name of the main street and area?

Originally centered around Sampheng, the core of Chinatown now lies along Yaowarat Road, which serves as its main artery and sometimes lends its name to the entire area, which is often referred to as Yaowarat.

#10. For how many days is Chinese New Year celebrated in Thailand?

In Thailand, Chinese New Year celebrations are divided into three days:

  • The first day, Wan chai, is the day that people go out to shop for offerings,
  • The second day, Wan wai, is a day of worshiping the gods and ancestral spirits
  • The third day, Wan tieow, s a holiday that everyone will leave the house to travel or to bless relatives or respectable people.
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