8 February 2020
2020 is the year of the Rat according to the Chinese zodiac signs. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Recent years of the Rat include: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020. For those, born in the year of the Rat, they are typically described as being clever, optimistic, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.
In January, the Arcare Burnside and Cheltenham communities celebrated Chinese New Year.
For their celebration day, team members from Arcare Burnside came to work dressed in the traditional Chinese New Year colours: red and yellow. The Arcare Burnside lifestyle team organised for a traditional lion dance performance to take place in the dining room, to officially mark the start of Chinese New Year. Clients, team members, friends and family members piled into the dining room to watch the performance. The community were amazed by the vibrant colours and rhythmic music in the performance.
Alternatively, the Arcare Cheltenham lifestyle team decorated the entire residence with traditional Chinese sayings and lanterns, red envelopes, Buddha and dragon statues and even paper coins, to represent well wishes of luck, health, wealth, and prosperity going into the New Year. Two team members, Patricia and Michelle even came dressed in traditional Chinese garments for a day. The pair then gave an informative talk to clients about their Chinese heritage and the significance of the New Year period on their culture and the meaning behind the Chinese zodiac signs.
Arcare would like to wish everyone a very Happy Chinese New Year ?