Event Info

This year, High Rock Church’s Lunar New Year celebration is hot pot themed. Though hot pots are not traditionally eaten for this specific celebration (though some families do), this is the perfect experience that embodies family, food, and blessings. There will be lots of food, snacks, games, and activities where you'll learn more about Asian culture through calligraphy, paper cutting, and cultural sayings.

When: Friday, February 8, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Where: High Rock Church

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What is Hot pot? (火锅):

Imagine a pot of simmering soup at the center of the table, surrounded by an array of vegetables, an assortment of proteins, sauces, and noodles— some are familiar, some are new, all are tasty. People gather around the table, each armed with a bowl and your utensil of preference (normally chopsticks), and everyone is working together to put ingredients of every kind into the hot pot. As we wait for the food to cook, people are bubbling with conversations. Then, the moment you’ve all been waiting for the food is cooked. You reach into the pot with your chopsticks to grab a slice of meat and you give it to someone sitting near you. You repeat this process of adding new ingredients, waiting, and eating. As we near the end of hotpot, the broth is saturated with the flavors of all the ingredients, and noodles are thrown into the pot to soak up all the richness.

Sounds delicious? We hope to see you at the celebration! 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with us!

Lunar new year (春节 chūn jíe ) is celebrated on the first day of the lunar calendar. It is a celebration that looks forward to the spring season and a time where families gather together for a reunion dinner and is celebrated by many asian cultures. These culture share similar themes of family, food, and blessings.

Family (家庭  jiā tíng ):

Lunar new year is a time to gather with your family, but it isn’t uncommon to also gather with friends, neighbors, and even strangers. It is a time to exercise hospitality and serve one another.  

Food (食物 shí wù ):

Just like with many western celebration, food is very important. Food gathers people and grows relationship between one another. Contrary to the individual portion sizes we see in America, meals in Asia are shared family style. In this way, everyone can have the pleasure of tasting a wide variety of foods. In Chinese culture, it is also common for one to serve others before serving yourself. Usually the elders and children are served first out of respect and love, and then men and women.

Blessings (福 ):

Of the many traditions on Lunar new years, receiving red pockets (红包) is probably one that most young people look forward to. Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, bosses, etc would give red pockets as a symbol of transferring wealth from the older generation to the younger generation. Upon receiving the red pocket, greetings and blessings ranging from health, happiness, and prosperity are exchanged. In past Lunar New Year celebrations at High Rock Church, we have a tradition of writing blessings and advices, putting it in the red envelope, and exchanging it with someone else.