Gung Haggis Fat Choy
Around the same time that the Chinese are marking the start of the Lunar New Year, the people of Scotland celebrate the life of the poet Robert Burns with a Burns supper. In Vancouver, fifth-generation Chinese-Canadian Todd Wong decided that haggis and fireworks had been combined far too little, so he decided to mesh together Burns night with the Spring Festival. The resulting celebration was named Gung Haggis Fat Choy. If you ever wanted to see someone wearing a Chinese lion head costume and a kilt dancing to bagpipe music, then your oddly specific wishes can be fulfilled.The event has also picked up a following in Seattle as well as Wong’s local Vancouver, and soon the night gained fame worldwide. On British TV show QI, host Stephen Fry called it the “Chinese Burns Night.” Wong himself traveled to Scotland as part of a celebration of Scottish culture abroad, where he met national politicians in a very dapper combination of Chinese silk and tartan.
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