Sanctuary Care residents have been cheering Kung Hei Fat Choy – or Happy Chinese New Year to the Year of the Wood Sheep, in a number of homes.
Iffley Residential and Nursing Home
To celebrate the most important day in the Chinese calendar, residents at Iffley Residential and Nursing Home were joined by real-life sheep and baby lambs. The cute four-legged visitors trotted throughout the home to say hello to 2015.
Rachel Kuhn, 87-year old resident, said: “It was wonderful to celebrate Chinese New Year – especially with sheep and baby lambs coming to visit, they were so cute and cuddly, like white teddy bears.”
Fellow 87-year old resident added: “It was great to have the visit from the sheep, they were so well-behaved and I really enjoyed fussing over them – marked the celebration perfectly.”
The home’s activities leader Mandy Bloomfield concluded: “Chinese New Year is a popular celebration in the home and we try to do something fun each year. The residents loved the food and find making the decorations great fun - and if an animal can pop along that’s a nice added bonus!”
Westmead Residential Care Home
Similar celebrations were enjoyed in Droitwich Spa when the team and residents at Westmead Residential Care Home proudly adorned their home with stunning Chinese lanterns that the residents lovingly made.
Joan Dewdney, 98 year-old resided added: “I loved to make the lanterns and having them sit on our windowsill with the sun shining through is truly beautiful – we definitely looked the part!”
The home’s activities leader Maureen Morse said: “Our residents are so creative and really enjoy themed celebrations, especially where nice food is involved! We all had great fun creating stunning decorations to make sure our home was dressed to impress.”
The day-long celebrations were enjoyed by all and the mouth-watering Chinese cuisine and the abundance of fortune cookies were a definite highlight for the residents.
About Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year is defined to be the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar. Unlike the Christian New Year, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar where dates indicate both the moon phase and the time of the solar year.