At Seed Training Group, we welcomed the Year of the Dog by throwing a party with great people, delicious food, and fun activities.
We put together a ‘Make your Own Wonton’ station in our office and it was great fun seeing everyone getting involved in the process. We want to thank our Seed trainees and the team who all lent a hand in making this wonderful day possible.
Wonton is a traditional dish well-known in Northern China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai. It’s made with a thin layer of dough with a seasoned minced pork filling. You might mistake Wontons for dumplings but unlike Wontons, the dough of a dumpling is much thicker and can be filled with other meats such as chicken, beef, or vegetables.
There are many other popular traditions followed when bringing in the new year – this includes:
Visiting Family and Friends. Some are given time off from work and have an opportunity to travel and share the New Year celebrations with loved ones.
Cleaning the House. The tradition of ‘sweeping the dust’ symbolizes removing any evil or misfortunes from last year and starting the year ready to take on new opportunities. Clean clothing is also worn on the day to embody the tradition of a new beginning.
Lighting Fireworks and Firecrackers. The Chinese new year is renown for its wonderful display of fireworks and firecrackers. In Chinese culture, bright lights and loud noises are used to ward off evil spirits. This tradition is still seen today in popular streets and get-togethers between family and friends.
The Dragon and Lion Dance. The two appear to be similar but involve two very different dance styles. The lion is usually operated by two dancers and has a tail. It borrows its movements from Chinese martial arts and includes the beating of drums and the crashing of cymbals. The lion is shaggy in appearance and can open its mouth to receive gifts (like red envelopes) from onlookers. A dragon, on the other hand, is longer and needs a number of acrobats supporting its structure with poles. A longer dragon symbolises greater fortune. The show consists of the dragon breathing fire and chasing a pearl that represents wisdom.
Dressing in Red. Wearing this colour is believed to bring good fortune, prosperity, and happiness.
Giving and Receiving Red Envelopes. Elders enclose an even amount of money in a red envelope (also known as red packets, lai see in Cantonese, ang pau in Hokkien or hong bao in Mandarin) and distribute them to younger and unmarried individuals. For those that can’t travel during the holidays, Wechat has a great feature that allows the distribution of red envelopes via a digital platform – so you’re always connected to the ones you love.