On Friday 24 January residents and staff at Riverdale Court in Welling, were entertained by a display of events and activities to honour and celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat.
Activities on the day included a Tai-Chi session with May from Studio Kowloon who is an award winning performer of the famous Chinese martial art. May demonstrated Tai-Chi to residents and staff which is known for defence training as well as for its health benefits and meditation. There was a great deal of interest generated with many residents taking part in the Chinese art.
Creative Mojo were next to visit Riverdale Court, working with residents and staff to design and make a Chinese Dragon. Following on from the morning’s activities, the Kitchen staff at Riverdale Court arranged for a Chinese feast to be served which included traditional Chinese foods and cakes.
After lunch was served every resident received a red envelope revealing a Chinese wish of good luck and health. The final part of the day finished with traditional fan dancing and Chinese New year horoscope reading.
One family member said, ‘I was invited to join mum to celebrate the Chinese New Year, I was happy to do so as the activities on the day sounded wonderful. I was keen to learn more about the Chinese New Year as well as encouraging Nicolas and his team with cultural diversity. The food was beautiful, the activities were tailored perfectly for the residents from light exercise with Tai-Chi through to fan dancing. It really was a wonderful day at Riverdale Court and all the residents seemed to really enjoy themselves!”