Residents celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 4 honoring the beautiful and cultural festivities of the Chinese traditions, under the direction of our Fourth Floor Supervisor, Sr. Dora, lsp.
Sr. Dora, lsp, is of Chinese ancestry. She was born and raised in Hong Kong. With her direction, St. Paul’s Residents enjoyed a full celebration of the decorations, the cuisine, the entertainment and the beauty of the New Year. The auditorium was decorated with globes of red, silk lanterns and gold tassels descending from the ceiling. Table centerpieces were red and gold paper lanterns surrounded by petite paper umbrellas on shimmering gold placemats.
Alex and Dr. Philip Poon generously donated the room décor and Ginny and Dr. James Poon arranged the gift of r beef lo mein, pork fried rice and fortune cookies from Yat Ka Mein Noodle House in Oakley. Sr. Dora prepared General Tso Chicken and the rest of the delicious Chinese meal. Bruce Shu, a friend of the Little Sisters, sent a huge box of decorations from Hong Kong where he currently lives. It truly was an international celebration.
Entertainers included magician Steven Xie, dancers from Joy Flower Music Center including 6-year-olds, teens and beautiful adult women dancers performing the traditional Ribbon Dance. William Qiu serenaded the crowd with his violin; the program closed with the sounds of the Guzheng, a flat, stringed instrument, played by Xu Kang.
The Residents were delighted to experience and enjoy the richness of the Chinese culture. Each of them received a “Red Envelope” with lucky money and a well wish. Table placemats helped them find their Zodiac animal and the characteristics and led to lively conversations and many smiles.
We look forward to celebrating the 2018 Chinese Year, the Year of the Dog, and the beauty of the Chinese Culture.