Chinese New Year celebrated by Kent care home residents

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L-R Joan Medhurst, Sue Chown (Support Assistant, Hanover Housing Association), Nigel Brett, Jean Leffen, Jean Swallow,  Brenda Thorpe, Tara Gaynor (Estate Manager,Hanover Housing Association),Rose Saunders
L-R Joan Medhurst, Sue Chown (Support Assistant, Hanover Housing Association), Nigel Brett, Jean Leffen, Jean Swallow,
Brenda Thorpe, Tara Gaynor (Estate Manager,Hanover Housing Association),Rose Saunders

Art enthusiasts from Regency Court, Bromley, Kent enjoyed a multicultural event with a difference last week as they unveiled their depiction of a Chinese dragon to celebrate Chinese’s New Year.

Young at heart residents from the extra care housing development owned by Hanover Housing Association were treated to a day of festivities which included a festive meal, a review of their horoscope and an informative talk about the Chinese Zodiac.

With routes dating back several hundreds of years Chinese New Year 2015 begins on 19 February and ends on the 5 March.

Chinese New year is based on the lunar calendar and is associated with the Chinese Zodiac, which has 12 animal signs: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, Rooster, dog, and pig. Each animal represents a year in a 12-year cycle, beginning on Chinese New Year. This is the year of the goat.

90 year old Jean Swallow said:’ Although I have heard of Chinese New Year I never had the chance to celebrate it. ‘The spring rolls were very tasty and it was very interesting to learn about the signs of the Chinese Zodiac.

‘When they realized that Chinese New Year was coming up the Regency Court art group came up with the idea to create their own Chinese Dragon.

Tara Gaynor Estate Manager Hanover Housing Association added: ‘We have a fantastic bunch of residents who are always looking to try something new.

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