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About Edinburgh’s Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is a globally celebrated occasion that transcends cultural boundaries. It is a vibrant and festive celebration that marks the beginning of the traditional Chinese calendar. Families come together for reunion dinners, exchange gifts, and partake in various customs aimed at ushering in good fortune, prosperity, and happiness for the coming year.

2024 marks the Chinese Year of the Dragon. Chinese New Year in Edinburgh has become the largest celebration of its kind in Scotland. Since its inception in 2019, it has been coordinated by Edinburgh Tourism Action Group (ETAG) as part of its China Ready initiative. This year, Edinburgh’s Chinese New Year Festival 2024 is generously supported by Heriot-Watt University and Hainan Airlines.

The festival programme will be a mix of offline and online events, promotions, outdoor celebrations and exclusive offers – all featured on this website.