Edinburgh’s Chinese New Year Festival (24th Jan – 09th Feb)

Edinburgh’s Burns&Beyond and Chinese New Year Festivals are joining forces for a very special programme of events, celebrating the alignment of Burns Night and Chinese New Year.

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 Fri 24 Jan 2020, one in six people across the world will count down to midnight to see in the Year of the Rat, which begins on Sat 25 Jan.

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. Cultural highlights include Edinburgh’s Official Chinese New Year Concert at the Usher Hall, the Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo and the opening of the brand-new East Asia Gallery at the National Museum of Scotland. Local businesses in the city will also welcome visitors with everything from traditional red envelopes to bespoke cocktails.

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