Lunar New Year Celebrations
February 27, 2015
The Global Initiatives team organized a Chinese new lunar year dinner at the Plum Tree Inn in China town. Adley Chan and Daniel Park put together a diverse group of international students together with the faculty.
The organizers laid out a large spread of Chinese cuisine including a jellyfish appetizer. They took into special consideration the vegetarian students and had several vegetarian dishes for the several Indian and vegetarian therapists and students.
Chinese New Year: It is the year of the goat, and obviously there was a lengthy discussion on Chinese zodiac animals and everyone wanted to find out which sign they were and the significance. Mine is the Dragon ☺.
Adley Chan informed us on the correct way of eating noodles and they say NEVER cut a noodle before it is entirely in your mouth. In China, people have the custom to eat noodles on the birthdays. The long and continuous noodle strips are the symbolic meaning of longevity. So people who choose to eat noodles on the birthdays show their wishes to live longer and maintain a better life. The noodle represents longevity and cutting it before it reaches the mouth indicates bad luck, cutting the longevity and good health.
All in all it was a fun, laughter filled dinner and getting to know the faculty and other students better. Happy Chinese New Year!!!