The year of the new year was the most popular among Chinese children this year, with nearly a quarter (23.5%) of the 2,721 children in grades 4-12 attending at least one of their schools’ New Years celebrations, according to data from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Chinese children are also more likely to take part in celebrations than children in other countries, with an average of 7.5 children participating per school, compared with 5.8 in the United States.
China’s average annual population is more than 2.4 billion, and more than 60% of its 1.1 billion children are under the age of 5.
According to the report, there were nearly 2,000 New Year celebrations held in the country last year.
While most schools in China have limited space, the country’s top 20 schools have more than 8,000 classrooms, according the report.
“New Year celebrations are also becoming more and more popular in schools, with about one in six schools participating,” said Zhu Shiguang, director of the Institute of Child Health at the Chinese Institute of Social Science in Shanghai.
“Most schools have the space to hold them, and they also are not crowded.
This makes New Year events a great opportunity to reach children and increase their interest in school activities,” he said.
The report also showed that Chinese children were most likely to participate in the “new years” festivities with an extra-curricular activity, such as a sports team, in the second week of the year.
The activity is a traditional way to spend a second day of school after the last day of classes.