Chinese New Year 2020
To celebrate the Spring Festival (chunjie 春节) with our residents who are living in former Tung Sing schemes, we held a Chinese New Year celebratory lunch on 7 February at Glamorous Restaurant in Manchester.
It was a great opportunity for our Chinese residents who are living alone in the UK, or don’t have family members in the area, to share the happiness of this most elaborate, colourful and important of Chinese folk festivals.
We welcomed 160 residents and guests, who enjoyed making badges on their arrival, by selecting a Chinese zodiac animal for the year they were born, or a Chinese New Year traditional pattern. Whilst the residents were busy making their badges, we captured a large amount of feedback from them, relating to scheme improvements and other issues important to them.
Our guest speaker for the day was Dave Litherland, Head of Regeneration, who spoke about some of the improvement works completed for our elderly schemes and in the local area. One improvement we have recently made, in partnership with local businesses and Manchester City Council, was upgrading the pagoda and surrounding areas, to enhance the aesthetics and to encourage visitors to the area. These improvements include new signs in both English and Chinese to improve accessibility.
Everyone who attended enjoyed a delicious Chinese banquet and guest performances, including; a Tai Chi demonstration by the Wai Yin society, traditional song and dance and a visit from the God of Wealth, Choi Sen. It is believed he brings luck to the person who finds the golden Rat raffle ticket in their red pocket.
It was a fantastic day and we were pleased to welcome so many people to join the celebrations. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.