Happy Hogmanay for 2008! Scottish-Chinese-Canadian Vancouver!

Scottish Hogmanay New Year + Asian Canadian style =  Gung Haggis Fat Choy

What better way to celebrate Hogmanay, the Scottish New Year tradition, than by announcing ticket discounts for children and students for the 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy:
Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner

January 27th, 2008,
Floata Chinese Seafood Restaurant
#400 – 180 Keefer Street
Vancouver Chinatown

Children 13 years and under will be $40 each and Students with valid high school or university id will be $50.
Regular price is still $60 per person.  Give Tickets Tonight a few days to get these new student and children prices up on the website.

Get your tickets soon, as tables are being ordered and filling up.
All single tickets are being sold through
Tickets Tonight.

If you want to book or sponsor a table of ten – call organizer/host Todd Wong
home:  604-987-7124 cell: 778-846-7090

Read below for more about Hogmanay (Scottish New Year) and Gung Haggis Fat Choy

The origin of Gung Haggis Fat Choy
started when I was asked to participate in the 1993 Robbie Burns Day
celebration at Simon Fraser University.  In 1998, I decided to
host a dinner for 16 guests that blended Robbie Burns Day(January 25th)
with Chinese lunar New Year (late January to early February). 

The result has been a dinner event that has grown steadily to a 2005
dinner of 600 guests, a CBC television special, an annual poetry night
at the Vancouver Public Library, a recreation event at Simon Fraser
University…. and media stories around the world!

Hogmanay is the Scottish New Year's Eve, and it is celebrated on New Year's Eve with a Grand Dinner. It can be very similar to Chinese New Year's in many ways:

1) Make lots of noise. 
Chinese like to burn firecrackers, bang drums and pots to scare the
ghosts and bad spirits away.  Scots will fire off cannons, sound
sirens, bang pots and make lots of noise, I think just for the excuse
of making noise.

2) Pay off your debts. 
Chinese like to ensure that you start off the New Year with no debts
hanging onto your personal feng shui.  I think the Scots do the
same but especially to ensure that they aren't paying anymore interest.

3) Have lots of good food.  Eat lots and be merry.  Both Scots and Chinese enjoy eating, hosting their friends and visiting their friends.

4) Party on dude!  In
Asia, Chinese New Year celebrations will go on for days, lasting up to
a week!  Sort of like Boxing week sales in Canada.  In
Scotland, the Scots are proud partyers and are well known for making
parties last for days on end.

Come to think about it… the above traditions can be found in many
cultures… I guess the Scots and Chinese are more alike than different
with lots of other cultures too!

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