Chinese New Year 2019

Giant Lanterns of China at Edinburgh Zoo

Huānyíng! Welcome


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 Mon 4 Feb 2019, one in six people across the world will count down to midnight to see in the Year of the Pig, which begins on Tue 5 Feb.

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.

Xin Nián Kuài Lè!
Happy New Year

Developed by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group and supported by Scottish Confucius Institute for Business & Communication at Heriot-Watt University

Year of the Pig



Read our coverage of this Chinese New Year across Edinburgh and beyond!

Year of the Pig



We've gathered the best of the Chinese New Year events going on in Edinburgh! Check out the links below and celebrate in style.

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Year of the Pig

Zhékòu Offers


We've partnered with a wide range of Edinburgh businesses to celebrate the Year of the Pig! Check out the links below for a collection of discounts and offers.

Year of the Pig

Read more in the guide below!