14 February 2014 marked a special day for all staff and children of Blossom Discovery Centre because this year’s Valentine’s Day and the Chinese’s Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节) both fell on the same day. Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节) is on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar and also marks the end of Chinese New Year.
A time for all our staff and children to get together and bond outside of classroom activities, the N2, K1 and K2 children were taught to make tang yuan (汤圆) or glutinous rice balls. These rice balls symbolise reunion and is usually eaten as a dessert after dinner, together with family. All of us enjoyed rolling and pressing the tang yuan and were very happy with the results of our round masterpieces.
The tang yuan were then cooked in a sweet ginger soup before being served together with the soup for the children’s afternoon snack. The festive food is also a reminder that we are now a year older and to strive to be a better person in the coming year.
The exciting part came when our children were given each a packet of heart-shaped rice cracker specially wrapped by all our teachers with assistance from two of our K2 girls, Celeste and Rina. It was a memorable and special day for all, when Valentine’s Day and Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节) met, which only occurs once in every 19 years!