Hundreds gather for Chinese Year of the Pig celebration

Friday 15 February 2019

Hundreds of residents and invited guests celebrated the start of the Chinese Year of the Pig in style at one of the Association’s biggest ever events.

Chinese New Year 2019 - 2Held at the See Woo restaurant in North West Glasgow, the event attracted over 400 people and was run jointly by the association and the Fujian Confederation in Scotland. 

Now its third year the Chinese new year event is part of the association’s Sharing Lives, Sharing Spaces project.

With support from Scottish Government, the project has delivered a four-year programme of English language classes and community activities designed to bring local families and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds together. 

Xiao Zhou, the scheme’s project officer, praised the event:

“Queens Cross’ Chinese New Year celebration has cemented itself as an important annual event,” he said.

“It allows people from our diverse communities to come together to celebrate and learn about cultures different to their own.”

Guests enjoyed a real cultural extravaganza with traditional Chinese cuisine, dancing, singing as well as a display of Chinese calligraphy by artist, Mr Gao.

Mr Gao gifted an original painting of a panda to Glasgow city and which he presented to Depute Lord Provost Bailie Philip Brat. 

There was a performance by singer Miss Zirui Li, a household name in China, after winning the Chinese version of X Factor.Chinese New Year 2019 - 3

Visitors were also treated to a traditional Lion Dance that symbolises power and wisdom.

The Woodside area of Glasgow is home to many Chinese people. Around one fifth of the population are believed to be of Chinese origin with many from the Fujian province. 

To find out more about Sharing Lives Sharing Spaces events and activities, contact the social regeneration team on 0141 589 7428 or email

Chinese New Year 2019