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Edinburgh Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year is a celebration of the new year according to the lunar calendar, sharing many similarities with Scotland’s own Christmas and Hogmanay traditions. Each year is attributed to an animal from 12 year cycles of the Chinese Zodiac; and on Friday 24th January 2020, one in six people across the world will count down to midnight to see in the Year of the Rat, which begins on Saturday 25th January. 

Chinese New Year

This year is particularly special in Scotland, because in 2020 Chinese New Year will coincide with our own big national celebration: Burns Night and the Burns&Beyond Festival. The next time this will happen will be 2096 - making it a truly a once-in-a-generation event! As you can imagine, there will be lots of events happening in the capital to celebrate. 

Highlights include a spectacular Chinese Lantern installation at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh’s Official Chinese New Year Concert at the Usher Hall, the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo as well as the Burns&Beyond Culture Crawl and the new Burns&Beyond Festival Club in the famous Assembly Rooms on George Street. 

Tickets for the Official Chinese New Year Concert are available from
Full details of all events for Chinese New Year in Edinburgh can be found at
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