Chinese New Year Celebration 2020

Join the Confucius Institute for Scotland team at some fabulous Chinese New Year events to celebrate the Year of the Rat which starts on 25 January. This year’s Chinese New Year celebration has a very special link to Scotland as the Chinese New Year Day, also known as the Spring Festival, coincides with our Scottish celebration – Burns Night. The next date this coincidence happens will be in 2096!

Chinese New Year Reception at Edinburgh Zoo
Location: Edinburgh Zoo
Date and Time:  Fri 17 January 2020 6pm-8pm
The Confucius Institute for Scotland will host a Chinese New Year’s reception at the Edinburgh Zoo to mark the arrival of the Year of the Rat and celebrate our collaboration with the Zoo on the lantern festival. Enjoy the Chinese New Year festivities and lanterns at the Zoo with the Institute. Places at this event are limited and booking is essential at: (Access Code: CIS20)

A Glimpse into Chinese New Year’s Culture
Location: Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent Edinburgh
Date and Time: Thurs 23 January 2020 4.00pm-6.00pm
Red couplets, Chinese New Year phrases, tales, traditional preparations for the Chinese New Year – this free drop-in workshop combining language and culture activities will help you to get ready for your very own Chinese New Year.

The event is free, but booking essential. Please reserve your place at:

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh 2015 Burns Poetry Launch and Calligraphy Exhibition
Location: Project Room 1.06, 1st Floor, 50 George Square
Date and Time: Thurs 23 January 2020 3.00pm-4.30pm
To mark the special occasion of the Chinese New Year and Burns Night falling on the same day in 2020, the Confucius Institute for Scotland will launch the 3rd edition of “Selected Poems of Robert Burns” before Chinese New Year’s Eve. This volume is a collation of the earliest and finest Chinese translations  of Robert Burns’ poems published from the 1920s. Live calligraphy demonstration and the original calligraphy work in the volume will also be displayed at the event. Free copies of the poetry will be offered to attendees of this event. To book your place, please visit:

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH 2013 PROSPECTUS.Free Language Taster at Confucius Institute for Scotland
Location: Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh
Date and Time: One class per week from 10th March 2020 (booking required before 28th February 2020)
Making New Year resolutions? Sign up for a free language taster course at the Confucius Institute for Scotland to start the new year. This is a lively and interactive course for learners who have no prior knowledge of the Chinese language. It will set you on the path to learning the language if you wish to continue your studies.

Book your place: Please get in touch with the institute ( to register your interest and book your place before 28th January 2020. Further details of this course will follow after the Chinese New Year.

Confucius Institute for Scotland Chinese New Year Party
Location: Abden House, 1 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh
Date and Time: Fri 31 January 2020 6pm-9pm
Join the Confucius Institute for Scotland’s annual Chinese New Year’s party to mark the arrival of the Year of the Rat. As well as the chance to meet up with friends, old and new, over some delicious jiaozi and a glass or two, there will be a range of cultural activities to take part in, including mah-jong, calligraphy, karaoke, and Chinese chess. Please register to ensure you can get a ticket and to allow us the chance to try to provide enough Chinese dumplings! Registration of this event at:

We wish you a happy and healthy Year of the Rat ahead!

For more Chinese New Year information and stories, please visit:

Chinese Zodiac 十二生肖

Chinese Calendar 中国历法

Preparation of the Chinese New Year

Welcoming Good Fortune at 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