Chinese New Year celebrated with dumplings and good luck wishes

Boys were in for a delicious treat at lunchtime in the form of dumplings and other goodies to celebrate Chinese New Year.
 
This year, Chinese New Year fell on February 5 and Cole Hall was decked out for the occasion, with lanterns and red and gold decorations, thanks to the help of some kind parent volunteers.
 
Belinda Long, a member of the Parents Guild Executive, said nearly 70 parents donated to make the feast possible, and SAC moms were on hand to portion it out to the boys, as well as staff and faculty.
 
Boys entering the servery lined up, eager to sample one of the hundreds of dumplings, offered in three flavours, plus a vegetarian spring roll. There was also a station set up in Cole Hall that offered all sorts of sweet treats: sticky rice cake, deep fried red bean paste dumplings, mini cupcakes, and mango pudding.
 
As the red bean pasts dumplings were handed out, each recipient was told this food symbolized more money, a wish for prosperity this year. The sticky rice cake signified a wish to literally move up, as in grow taller. Mango pudding means ‘forever smiling.”
 
In addition to the New Year celebration at the School, a group of 45 students, staff, and faculty headed out for a New Year’s Eve dinner in Markham to kick off the Year of the Pig.
 
Story by Julie Caspersen
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