Happy Chinese New Year from School of Wok!
Happy Chinese New Year from all of us here at School of Wok! The Chinese New Year starts on a different day every year - instead of following the Gregorian calendar that we're used to, it follows the Lunar Calendar. Festivities kick off on the first day of the lunar month, when the moon is at its darkest, and last for 15 days. The festivities will kick off on Saturday 25th January this year.
The Year of the Rat
Every Chinese New Year is named after one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and this year we are welcoming the year of the rat! The rat is the first of all the zodiac animals. One myth suggests that the order of the zodiac animals would be decided by the order they arrived at the Jade Emperor's party. It then goes on to say that the rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride, then just as they arrived at the party, the rat jumped down and landed ahead of the Ox, becoming first!
How you can get involved with the Chinese New Year Celebrations
There will be plenty of events and parties going on around the country to bring in the new year. Here in London, there will be events in Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and all across the West End. The parade will be kicking off at 10am, followed by entertainment in Trafalgar Square from 11am and plenty of activities at the West End from 12pm.
Get into the spirit with a Chinese Cooking Class!
Here at School of Wok, we of course love getting involved with the Chinese New Year. You can join us at one of our 4 fantastic styles of Chinese Cooking Classes to learn authentic methods of cooking delicious chinese foods. Whether it’s a Chinatown Walking Tour & Cookery Class, a Chinese Banquet Class, a Chinese Takeaway Classics Class or just a general Chinese Cooking Class, we’d love you to join us in celebrating amazing chinese food! Click the button below to view all our Cooking Classes!