Naturally you all understand Cantonese and know this means Happy New Year, which sets the scene for the evenings fun. We were investigating the Chinese new year tonight and started with a bit of a show of Chinese traditions. Admittedly we did cheat a bit on this (not being ever so Chinese) and we brought in Mr G. Oogle to help us find some authentic Chinese traditions, dances, places and sayings. After the Cubs had seen places such as the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army, the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven we moved onto what proved to be a very fulfilling activity. Yes the Cubs were eating again ! We had a host of Chinese foods for them to taste and for the fun of it we gave them all chop sticks to aid with the authenticity. Whist one half of the group attempted to eat, the other learnt the Chinese Cubs promise in Chinese. This was written out phonetically, in Chinese and in English so they understood what they were actually saying. We also had a recording of a Chinese person saying it so the Cubs knew how they should make the words sound.
As the Cubs moved around the activities they also got the opportunity to write their name in Chinese on a scroll. It was a bit big for a book mark but I’m sure they will find a use for it somewhere 🙂
At the end of the night we all stood in the circle and together re-cited the Chinese Cubs promise which you can see below in the small video clip. I know they all enjoyed themselves because most of the food was gone and they were all still saying the promise as they left the room.
So, all that is left for me to say is Xie Xie (thank you) and bai bai (bet you cant guess what that one means !)