Students welcome in the Year of the Rat!

Students at Ellesmere College recently marked the start to the Year of the Rat in a traditional Chinese New Year celebration organised by the College's teacher of Chinese, Lucy Ding.

Two types of lucky dumplings were freshly prepared in St Oswald's - one of the Sixth Form boarding house kitchens - and enjoyed by all visitors. These classic Chinese New year delicacies have a history of more than 1,800 years, and the dumplings - 饺子 Jiǎozi /jyaoww-dzrr - are traditionally eaten on Chinese New Year's Eve. Ms Ding's students also enjoyed giving calligraphy lessons to their British and international friends, with plenty of wishes of "福 (fu)" (blessing; happiness; good luck and good fortune) being exchanged.

A Level student Anton Versele, who was invited to the celebrations, said: "I received a warm welcome and enjoyed seeing how my name is written in Chinese characters." GCSE student Nancy Chen, who hails from the port city of Dalian on the Liaodong Peninsula, said: "Thanks to the Chinese New Year celebrations organised by Ms Ding, I felt very much at home in Ellesmere on this important day in the Chinese calendar. Although I could not travel home for the celebrations, I enjoyed seeing in the Year of the Rat surrounded by fellow students and teachers. I think we really brought the spirit of Chinese New Year to Ellesmere."

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28th January 2020  Back to News