Youthful Lunar New Year gathering

Lunar New Year gathering at Nalanda Youth Centre.

Red and vermilion dominate the Lunar New Year gathering at Nalanda Youth Centre.

On Saturday 11 February, Nalanda Youth Centre hosted a gathering to usher in the Lunar New Year.  Decorated with auspicious blessings and ornaments, Nalanda Centre was made ready to receive our red-clad guests for the merry event.  The evening kicked off with pot-luck dinner prepared by the youths, as familiar faces reconnected and rejoiced together.

After dinner, joyous laughter rang through the halls as the ice-breaker session started with a twist as the youths improvised Chinese New Year songs to introduce themselves.  The atmosphere warmed up even more with friendly competitions, challenging the youths on team-spirit and cooperation.

Ice-breaking games enlivened the gathering.

Ice-breaking games enlivened the gathering and induced rounds of laughter.

The gathering also shared Bro. Tan’s message on “Good Friends”.  Bro. Tan taught that truly good friends bring out the goodness in us; they are ‘good for’ us, and not just ‘good to’ us.  He also explained the four types of good friends: one who is helpful; one who endures together through happy and trying times; one who gives wise counsel; and one who sympathises with us.

Youths enjoying a pot-luck dinner with new year delicacies.

Youths enjoying a pot-luck dinner with new year delicacies.

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We would like to thank the youths who contributed towards this joyous night by bringing food and much laughter.  We also wish everyone a happy whole year ahead.  We look forward to meeting everyone soon at Nalanda Youth Centre; may our bonds of spiritual friendship long endure!