With New Year is fast approaching, it’s a time to for us all to reflect the year gone by, plan for the future, and gain some perspective.
Here in the west New Years celebrations is over and done with in one fell swoop, with a day spent on the couch recovering watching rubbish TV. In the East they have a whole 15 days of festivities, carrying out ‘auspicious’ symbolic rituals to protect the family in the coming new year.
If you want to see some examples of Chinese New Year celebrations from across the world, click here!
The food of course is very important – bringing together family. Certain dishes hold great symbolic meaning, eating them brings luck, good fortune and good health. Check out this short film!
Our own China Town is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe, dating back to the 1850’s, with the arch being the largest, multiple-span arch of it’s kind outside China. There is much to admire in the rich history and culture, symbolism and superstitions, and the fact that they take this time to ensure they are with their loved ones.
We decided to hold our own Chinese New Year celebrations, this time we are collaborating with Claremont Farm. We couldn’t think of a more perfect setting to hold a great feast, during a time which can be a little depressing.
We have tried to recreate a menu that holds both traditional symobolic meaning and showcases only the best local seasonal produce available, with a few weird and wonderful ingredients thrown in for good measure. We are doing it family style, a true banquet!
2016 is the Year of the Monkey Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, were you born in the year of the monkey?
Perhaps you are looking for a Christmas gift for the person who has it all? Simply want to have an evening out during one of the darkest months of the year, or flip do something different for Valentine’s Day?
Either way, we hope you can join us say goodbye to 2015 and the Year of the Goat, and welcome in the Year of the Monkey 2016 with Pao at the beautiful Claremont Farm.
Tickets are £35.00 available here or over the counter at the Claremont Farm shop.
Last, but by no means least, have the merriest of Christmasses and a brilliant New Year!
Shelly, Mia & Anna – Pao!