Chinese New Year was celebrated on the date 16th of February, marking the first day of the new year in the Chinese, Lunar calendar. This year, 2018 marks the Year of the Dog.
In celebration of the new year many Chinese family hold the tradition for a reunion dinner, embracing sharing and togetherness and wish others positive wishes to family and friends, those who are near and dear e.g. good health, longevity, fortune, luck, prosperity etc. wishing everyone a good start to the year.
Trainer Ella bought a portable burner, many ingredients and a big pot filled with two flavorful broths: Sichuan peppercorn and savory based broth. There was an array of ingredients to be cooked: sliced meats, dumplings, tofu, mushrooms, vegetables, fish balls/ cakes, noodles and sauces to dip your food and make it more flavorsome was served. Each student and staff enjoyed cooking their own food, dropping in their chosen ingredient to be cooked and taken out of the boiling broth at their own chosen time, then placed into their own individual bowls to be eaten.
Many foods symbolize something in the Asian culture. Noodles represent longevity, as they are long strings of noodles, whilst dumpling are in the shape of the Chinese currency, representing money, wealth etc.
Students got to experience the Asian culture and tradition, sharing and enjoyed the flavorsome food, whilst chatting away with each other and enjoying each others company.