Chinese New Year Festivities

February 2, 2017

On Wednesday 25 January, Christ’s Hospital pupils and staff celebrated Chinese New Year – the year of the Rooster – with an authentic Chinese buffet and traditional lion dance.

A packed dining hall was entertained by Shaolin Fists musical group, whose life-size puppet lion romped about the hall, surprising groups of pupils by springing onto the table tops. One member of teaching staff seemed to lose her head in the lion’s mouth, but emerged unhurt to the relief of all present.

With the food serving area decorated with flags, dragons, lanterns and snakes, the pupils and staff enjoyed a feast of Chinese dishes. Spring rolls, oodles of noodles, crackers and spicy pork were on the menu, as well as plenty of fortune cookies. 

Digby Don, Teacher and International Pupil Co-ordinator said: “This particular celebration of Chinese New Year began in 2016, as part of a series of evening events conceived to celebrate the diversity of Christ’s Hospital’s pupil body. Amongst these events is the German Christmas Market themed evening, which is enthusiastically organised by a committee of our German pupils.

“Another is the American BBQ which takes place in the summer to welcome our exchange students from Baltimore. In every case, the catering department have done an excellent job in showing how different cultures may be appreciated through food!”