It was a fun filled weekend in the Pearlcare homes during Burns Night & Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations.
A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the famous poet Robert Burns the author of many Scots poems. *Fun Fact: Scots is the Germanic language variety spoken in Lowland Scotland and parts of Ulster in Ireland!
The residents at Hollybank prepared for the occasion by decorating the home and making some delicious shortbread. On Burns day they enjoyed a traditional Scottish lunch and cited some Burns poetry. We will be sharing some videos of the poetry readings over on Facebook, click here, hit the ‘Like’ button and keep your eyes peeled.
Chinese New Year is traditionally a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar and the residents and staff at Hollybank got into the spirit by making a rather impressive Chinese dragon which the staff wore and paraded around the home to entertain the residents – this activity in particular was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Intergenerational activities is a big part of life in our homes at Pearlcare and at Brantley Manor Chinese New Year was celebrated at their intergenerational session were the local pre schoolers came and made some beautiful lanterns with the residents.
Over at the Brantley Manor dementia cafe the residents made paper plate fans (which they will have to keep safe until summer as it’s cosy knits for now) whilst enjoying some Chinese music to get them into the spirit of things.
Other homes celebrated by making some traditional dishes to mark both occasions, making pretty decorations, along with other fun themed activities. Lets take a look through the lens what some of our homes got up to…