Hight Table Dinner #1
Tonight Chi Sun had it's first "High Table" dinner of the semester in their college hall (same place as where they held the welcome drinks event). The Chi Sun Facebook page contains the following quote which describes a "High Table" dinner.
"High Table, tracing its roots to the Oxbridge collegiate culture, has been a longstanding tradition of residential halls at HKU. It is a dignified occasion at which fellow students, scholars and guests dress up formally, donning academic robes, and gather to break bread following an address by a distinguished member of the local and/or global community. At Chi Sun, the monthly High Table stands as a most important communal event in the College calendar, with the entire residential body joining together in celebration of our camaraderie. After-dinner exchanges over coffee in the podium and garden provide a relaxed environment for guests, seniors and juniors to mingle and engage in lively intellectual banter.
Such occasions are of course headlined by inspiring speeches from distinguished guests. The College is greatly honoured to have been graced by some of the very best minds. The stature and poise of our speakers have had tremendous impact on our residents, making each High Table an unforgettable experience."
So from that description, you can roughly think about the huge Harry Potter dinners that were held with all four houses. Although ours was held by only our residential college, we still had almost five hundred people in attendance.
We all had to dress formally, and the boys wore suits again. I had my only class of the day until 6:20pm, then had to rush back because we all had to be seated by 7pm. After class ended I rushed to the bus stop, but unfortunately there were many students ahead of me, so I didn't make the first bus trip. I did not think I was going to make it on time, and I arrived back at Chi Sun at exactly 7pm on the dot.
As you can see from the picture above, we were all seated at long rows of tables. Boys were seated on one side, girls on the other and we were assigned to rows based on the floor we live on.
After dinner ended (around 10pm), we were given pieces of Moon Cakes to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival (although I am not sure how it is considered mid-autumn as it's only mid-September).
Chi Sun hosts three "High Table" dinners per semester, and they are all compulsory. Two more to go for me.