Last week (Saturday, January 28) was the first day of the Lunar New Year, symbolising the start of the year of the Rooster. To understand this year better, I decided that I should do some research on the Chinese zodiac. I found out that each zodiac year is not only associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: gold, wood, water, fire or earth; and 2017 is the Fire Rooster Year. Characteristics of the Fire Rooster include trustworthiness, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility of work, which leads me to the belief that this year will be a productive year of us all at Concord.
Not being able to celebrate Chinese New Year at home is undoubtedly one of the toughest parts about studying overseas. You would think that I would be used to having to miss out on all the food, family gatherings and especially the red packets now, but the answer is simply — no. This is my 5th year away from home, and truthfully, I still miss the roasted pork and grandma-made radish cakes dearly. Thankfully, at Concord the Chinese and Hong Kong Society arranges a Chinese New Year Dinner every year, making our taste buds feel a little closer to home.
Whilst some students went to Birmingham this year, I decided to stay at school with a few of my closest friends to make a feast of our own. The menu included roasted crispy pork belly, stir friend vegetables, and a pork broth soup with Chinese cabbage. Although I wasn’t very helpful with the cooking, I truly enjoyed the meal and appreciated the company of my friends. Through this I realised just how much I missed home and that I should spend more time with my family once I return to Hong Kong. I wonder if you feel the same way as I do?
Finally I wish you all a belated Happy Chinese New Year 恭喜發財 (Kung Hei Fat Choi/Gong Xi Fa Cai), may all your wishes come true this year and the many years to come.
Brandy Chu 6.2