Tuesday, 26 February 2013

CNY Hash

Last week we celebrated Chinese New Year at the Hash. One of my favourite runs of the year actually, the Chinese ladies always make sure it's a very nice evening.
When we came back from the jungle we were treated with oranges:

When the hares had laid the run earlier that day, they had spotted this little creature and it's baby in a tree:

It's a tarsier. It's a primate only found in Southeast Asia. Normally these are nocturnal animals, so the hares were very lucky to spot one! They are small animals with enormous eyes, each eyeball is about 16mm in diameter, as large as it's entire brain. They have very soft, velvety fur which is generally buff or beige in colour. How amazing is that to have seen one so close!

Anyway, back to the run. The tent and the food table was decorated beautifully, as always at this run:

One of my favourite happenings on this run, is the "tossing of the food"! :)
Well, it's actually called Yusheng, or the Prosperity Toss. The tray of food usually consists of strips of raw fish, mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients.
Yusheng is considered a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor and it's consumption is associated with Chinese New Year festivities.

The Yusheng is often served as the appetizer due to its symbolism of "good luck" for the new year. All diners at the table stand up and on cue, proceed to toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various "auspicious wishes" out loud. It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's growth in fortunes, so you are expected to toss enthusiastically. And so we did!!
Everybody got to take turns, and we tossed and tossed! 

A group photo of our H3 Hash, mostly dressed in red for the CNY celebrations! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

As it's Tuesday today, it's hash night again! Although tonight's hash will be the first one in quite a while that isn't celebrating anything special, no birthdays, no nothing. Just a normal hash, if there ever is such a thing!

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