The Year of the Dragon is almost upon us, as the Lunar New Year is on February 10 this year, based on the lunar calendar. The occasion is celebrated by millions of people around the world, on the day of the first New Moon of the calendar year. So, let’s have a look at all the awesome things to do in Glasgow to mark the Lunar New Year this February.
1. Attend the Chinese New Year Celebrations at George Square
Since 2016, the Chinese Cultural and Welfare Society Scotland has been organising Chinese New Year Celebrations at George Square in Glasgow’s Merchant City. This year, the celebration is taking place on February 18 at 12pm, starting with the Lion Dance. Guests will also be able to attend an art show at Glasgow Chambers, which is a free ticketed event. To book tickets, visitors need to contact the Chinese Cultural and Welfare Society Scotland directly.
2. Enjoy an abundance of activities at The Burrell Collection
The Burrell Collection is a modern museum that showcases more of the Collection than before the renovation in 2016 and was reopened by King Charles in October 2022. The museum hosts 225 displays spread across 24 galleries of around 9,000 works. Plus, the collection is known for its quality of Chinese art, stained glass, and noteworthy tapestries, as well as its fine art. The museum is celebrating Lunar New Year on February 18 between 11am and 4pm, inviting guests to participate in a myriad of activities. Learn Chinese calligraphy and dragon crafting, listen to Chinese storytelling, take part in a Chinese dance workshop watch dance performances, and enjoy plenty more activities. The event is free, and you can find out more on the museum’s website.
Whether you’re a dim sum, a sweet and sour chicken or spring rolls kind of person, the Chinese restaurants around Glasgow offer much-needed solace in the form of a food coma. So, why not mark the Lunar New Year by trying out as much Chinese food as possible, especially the dishes you haven’t gone for before. To decide where to start, check out our guide to the very best Chinese restaurants in Glasgow.
4. Attend the Chinese New Year Gala
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is throwing a Chinese New Year Gala, with noteworthy performances throughout. Celebrating rich Chinese heritage, the event will merge the traditional with the modern, with dance routines, live music and traditional art displays. To book tickets, head to Glasgow Life’s website.