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Lunar New Year

13 January 2020 - 16 February 2020 

Lunar New Year, called the Spring Festival in China, is China's biggest and most important annual festival. 

In 2020, the first day of the New Year is Saturday 25 January. This marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat. 

Traditionally, celebrations begin up to three days before the New Year and last until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year. This family-friendly exhibition explores some of the traditional celebrations linked to Lunar New Year. 

Lunar New Year is not just important in China, it is also celebrated in Korea, Japan and Vietnam. 

Lunar New Year Lantern Festival

See the Oriental Museum lit by lanterns, try fantastic crafts, sample delicious New Year food and drink and listen to stories. This is an extremely popular event, with tickets selling out quickly once they are released. Keep up to date with details of future events on our website and social media.

Ornament depicting a rat holding a ball and stood on a platform