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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 Monday 4th February 2019, one in six people across the world will count down to midnight to see in the Year of the Pig, which begins on Tuesday 5th February.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Edinburgh is the largest Chinese New Year celebration in Scotland. For the first time ever, a co-ordinated programme of special events and initiatives will take place across Scotland’s capital as locals and visitors celebrate together. 

Exploring East Asia at the National Museum of Scotland

NMS Chinese New Year

From Friday 8th February

Three new galleries opening on Friday 8th February at the National Museum of Scotland will aim to create engaging and inspiring new displays of internationally significant material.

Of these galleries, Exploring East Asia will present a unique perspective on China, Japan and Korea, enabling visitors to explore and contrast the diverse traditions, peoples and histories of these three fascinating and dynamic cultures. 

Highlights of the Chinese display include a spectacular laquer rice measure from the imperial court of the Ming dynasty, a 3000-year-old ritual food vessel (gui) of bronze, decorated with stylised animal masks and dragon-shaped handles, rare examples of military costume, a porcelain punchbowl made for export in 1747 depicting the Duke of Cumberland and the Battle of Culloden, and examples of lacquer, textile and porcelain from the Mao era (1950s - 1960s). 

Edinburgh's Official Chinese New Year Concert

Chinese New Year Concert

Saturday 9th February

The Asian Association of Commerce, Culture and Education in Europe is once again honoured to present the Chinese New Year Concert in the Usher Hall on the Saturday 9th February 2019. The Chinese New Year, known as the Spring Festival, will be celebrated on stage by the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Edinburgh Singers, and many outstanding artists and soloists from China and Scotland.

The concert involves instrumental performances and vocal virtuoso. The Chinese folk pieces such as Jasmine Flower (茉莉花) and Blooming Flowers and Full Moon (花好月圆) chosen for this occasion are renowned and traditional, and it will combine with the orchestration of western music traditions, creating an experience of multicultural voyage in your mind. This unforgettable night of beautiful music will finish with a never-heard-before rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Myths & Legends at Giant Lanterns of China

Giant Lanterns For Chinese New Year

On now until Sunday 17th February

The Giant Lanterns of China return to Edinburgh Zoo this winter. Join us for a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life. Find out more >

These events are just a taste of what is happening across Edinburgh to celebrate Chinese New Year. For full events listings please visit

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