For our high Tea at Arcare Helensvale St James, we celebrated Chinese New Year 2019 -The Year of the Pig.
Team members and clients dressed up in red for the day as red is an auspicious colour in the Chinese culture.
We went out for lunch at the Canton Road Chinese Kitchen at Hope Island – joined by clients from other Arcare sites like Hope Island and Sanctuary Manors. Everyone was able to make new friends and socialise and interact with their close friends too. The clients also had the opportunity to pick their favourite Chinese dishes!
Beryl said, “Lovely to see Kevin from Hope Island come to lunch. I enjoyed the meal too!”
Activities included going through the Chinese Horoscope Calendar and finding out which year each resident was born and working out the zodiac animal that represents their birth year. Dorothy who was born in 1919, shouted out “Baaaaaa!” when I told her she was born in the Year of the Sheep and everyone laughed.
Team member Maxine said she was a dragon girl because she was born in the Year of the Dragon, while another client and shared being born in the Year of the Rat with Foloi, the Lifestyle coordinator.
Each client was given a fortune cookie and a red envelope with a gold coin. There were many discussions about Chinese history we learnt that giving a red envelope with lucky money is a custom during Chinese New Year. In Chinese culture, people love red because it symbolises vitality, pleasure and good luck.
We also found out that if you are single it can be quite a headache for you. The single youth would find it a headache to go home because their parents and grandparents would constantly ask questions about their dating life and urge them to get married quickly.
Therefore, some people dread going home during the Spring Festival, so they choose to work during the festival rather than go home.
It is also possible for some to rent a temporary partner to bring home during the festival so as to avoid various enquiries and avoid being arranged marriages.
The fortune cookies were a lot of fun as clients enjoyed breaking the cookies and finding a piece of wisdom printed on paper and everyone shared their messages.