POSTED BY The Editor | Feb, 13, 2020 |

Hi Friends,

Gong Xi Fa Cai to everyone and may you all have a prosperous year of the Metal Rat in health, wealth and all good things to come. Chinese New Year is a special celebration that we share with our families and friends. It is full of cultural symbolism, ritual, and history. Back home in South East Asia, we celebrate Chinese New Year with pomp and splendour for 15 days. Many of our members with Malaysians, Singaporeans and Bruneians of Chinese heritage can tell you of the significance of each of the 15 days of Chinese New Year.

MSBCA Executive Board and all will like to thank all our volunteers, supporters and friends who had been working hard to make this Chinese New Year, celebration on February 8, 2020, a safe, successful and prosperous one for us all, amidst all the concerns as to the coronavirus spreading far and wide. I humbly plea to all, if you know of anyone, family and or friends who you have been in contact with or had any form of flu, please do not brush it off and do seek medical opinion. It is always important to have safety in place before anything.

I like to say the Celebration went with a big bang and we all had fun. The pictures posted in our newsletter speaks volumes
of it.

We at MSBCA, plan to have many activities and will like volunteers who are young and old to join us to carry these activities.

We are looking at sports activities that has a cultural element such as dragon boat race, sepak takraw also known as kick volleyball (where using a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball) and others. This will be fun and some of our pioneers can share their knowledge and experience in these games.

We have baking and cooking classes coming up for wannabe South East Asian Chef instructors or for some who just want to mingle and have
a feast.

We are planning to have paint nights to explore South East Asian Art and to learn a little about our history as we go along. Why I am sure we have a budding artist who can showcase their talents.

If any members, are interested in organising activities or will like to make suggestions on types of activities they will like MSBCA to host, please email events@msbca.ca. There are many more activities lined up and stay tuned to the next edition of our newsletter.

MSBCA is not just a clubhouse, it is a place to NURTURE THE ESSENCE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA (the multiracial community with integrated culture). That is why we should all be proud to be part of MSBCA.

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