Chinese New Year Events for All

Join the Confucius Institute for Scotland team at some fabulous Chinese New Year events to celebrate the Year of the Pig which starts on February 5.   The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival.

January 24 6.30pm: China-Britain Business Council Chinese Burns Supper at the Waldorf Astoria. This was an evening blending the best of Chinese and Scottish culture in celebration of Robert Burns.  We sponsored an amazing line up of entertainment including the acclaimed Katie Targett-Adams who sings in Mandarin and English and plays the harp.  We flew Katie to Edinburgh specially for the event.  We

February 2 9am to 2pm: The Confucius Institute for Scotland stall at the Farmer’s Market, Castle Terrace, Edinburgh – special activities for kids and adults.  Our Chinese teachers and staff  entertained visitors with a range of fun and intriguing cultural activities.  Visitors discovered their animal year and some lucky people won great prizes.

February 5 6pm: Come to Edinburgh Zoo – find us at the Creative Cabin for a night to remember – lots of wonderful Chinese cultural activities set amongst the stunning Great Lanterns of China.  Bring your sense of fun and curiosity to enjoy our much sought-after cultural experience and take home your creations.   The Confucius Institute for Scotland is sponsoring the Great Lanterns of China featuring vibrant lanterns of Chinese and Scottish mythical creatures and animals protected by conservation.  This lantern festival has been running since November and will end on February 17 – book your tickets at:

February 8 6pm: Join the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s annual Spring Festival party to mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig. Meet up with friends old and new over some delicious jiaozi and a glass or two, and take part in cultural activities including mah-jong, calligraphy, karaoke and Chinese chess.  Please register to ensure your entrance and to allow us the chance to provide enough Chinese dumplings! Book your ticket now at:


February 15 6pm-7.30pm: Confucius Institute for Scotland Chinese New Year Reception at Edinburgh Zoo. A celebration to mark the arrival of the Year of the Pig including welcome speeches by Consul General Pan Xinchun of the People’s Republic of China, Frank Ross, the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh and Natascha Gentz, Director of our Institute and Assistant Principal (China), the University of Edinburgh.  Enjoy the festivities and gorgeous lanterns on display.  Places at this event are limited and booking is essential.  Participants must present the booking details at the event.

See our links below: Our Chinese language teachers and staff share their personal insights into the delights and mysteries of Chinese New Year, including food, feasts (and a crash course in cooking Chinese dumplings), traditions and myths and how to send greetings of luck.  Many of our teachers will be spending their first Spring Festival outside China so their stories come with extra warmth.

Preparation of the Chinese New Year

Taboos During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year’s Family Reunion Dinner – A Delicious Feast

How to Make Chinese Dumplings – A Crash Course

The Legend of the Beast Nian – Origins of Chinese New Year

Spreading Luck at Chinese New Year

Fortune God, Kitchen God, Door God – Gods at Chinese New Year