Celebration of New Year 2018

IBC Student Club organized the New Year Eve Celebration on December 31st night to welcome Happy New Year 2018. To smoothly and successfully commemorate the event, committee members in the meeting decided to divide the activity into four groups namely; logistic, food, gift exchange and recreation and allocated the duties among IBC volunteer students whereas Club committee members acted as leaders for the each group.

The ceremony started at 7.00pm at the main chanting hall with the sharing of chanting from three Buddhist traditions such as Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana wishing world peace, happiness, prosperity, harmony and good health for everyone for the coming new year. After the cultivation program, Ven. Utpal and Ms. Usha, the emcee of the program, ushered all the lectures, staff and students to the Ksitigarbha classroom for the next program.

The gift exchange program started with the welcoming speech from Ms. Regina and blessing speeches from Ven. Anandajoti Bhikkhu and Ven. Dr. Zhen Yuan. Our special guest sister Boi Xin sang a Hokkien song wishing wellbeing for everyone. Ven. Narong also gave an encouragement speech and wished a successful new year for all.

Next Ven. Aggadhamma and Ven. Chinh led the gift exchange program inviting Ven. Narong to kick off the program picking up a number and by giving a present to a student. After everyone has exchanged their gifts with each other, the program continued with the lucky draw, lucky gifts. Ms. Ani gave a vote of thank speech to the participants for their participation and cooperation. Participants then proceeded on cutting a 10 pound New Year cake together.

Next we started our recreational activities which included musical chair and playing of other games. Ms. Asha, Ms. Jin Dan, Dr. Krishna and Ven. Ann won prizes in these games. There were Chinese, Thai, Indian and Bangladeshi cultures sharing activities. We played another activity called “Limbo Rock”, and the winners of the activity are Ven. Dao Yuan, Ven. Anirban, Ven. Jibok, Ven. Singkham, Ven. Khamlee and Ms. Asha. Last but not the least; together we went for countdown to welcome New Year 2018.

The event ended at 12.30pm and around 80 participants including students, professors, staffs and special guests from Malaysia participated in the event.
Reported by IBC Student Club, Secretary, Au Kar Wei.