Young and old celebrate Chinese Year of the Monkey
Residents young and old across West Suffolk have been celebrating the Chinese New Year with a variety of colourful activities.
As it is the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar, children at Barrow and Tollgate Primary Schools enjoyed a range of creative craft and food themed events .
They explored the story of China’s endangered Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey.
The schools, which are part of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust, also welcomed Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Patrick Chung.
He shared his experiences of Chinese New Year and handed out traditional lucky money envelopes in a special assembly.
Meanwhile, staff at Willows Residential Home, in Lawshall, donned traditional costume and even put on a monkey costume for their celebrations.
There was Chinese food, authentic music and residents received the traditional red money envelopes.
It was led by activity organisers Elaine Stewart and Jane Newman, who set up workshops for residents to make Chinese hats and lanterns.
Margaret Holt, manager at the home, said: “We tried to do it as authentically as we possibly could and everybody enjoyed it.
“They went around to everybody in their rooms so nobody was left out.”