Chinese Family Carers Celebrate the New Year of the Dog

Chinese family carers celebrated the start of the New Year of the Dog at
Jinseon Korean BBQ Restaurant, Fairfax Street in Coventry on 20th February 2018

The event was organised by the Chinese Carer Support Service of Carers Trust Heart of England (formerly Coventry Carers’ Centre). There was a wide range of entertainment including celebration songs, dancing and of course lots of delicious oriental dishes.

Said Salma Jussab, Head of Operations “There are many Chinese family carers in Coventry who need support to enable them to carry on caring. Our very successful service is almost unique in the UK; it allows us to provide culturally sensitive support to meet the needs of Chinese family carers. This event provided a great opportunity for carers, and the people they look after, to unwind and socialise”

Lady Godiva, Pru Porretta, and other honourable guests joined in the celebrations.
The Chinese “Kung Hei Fat Choi” means ‘Happiness and prosperity!’ Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals, which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month. In addition, each animal sign is associated with one of five elements: Gold (metal), Wood, Water, Fire or Earth.