Middlefield Oaks celebrates the Lunar New Year

Residents like Beverly Mull were treated to a Lunar New Year party on Feb. 1.

The Lunar New Year arrived Feb. 1, 2022, welcoming the Year of the Tiger

Residents of Middlefield Oaks Senior Living in Cottage Grove celebrated the new lunar year with decorations, gold-wrapped candy, tangerines, fortune cookies, fun, and laughter.  

Beverly Mull, a resident of Middlefield Oaks Assisted Living took part in the celebration.

“The activities director went all out with beautiful decorations, and I enjoyed opening my fortune cookie. It inspired me, suggesting that traveling to new places leads to great transformation,” she said.

Middlefield’s executive director, Heather Arnason, encourages art and festive celebrations for the residents and staff.

“We enjoy offering our residents and staff enriching activities,” she said. “Community celebrations always bring smiles and joy, something everyone needs in their lives.”

Folklore suggests that Tiger years will be exciting and innovative. Historically, innovations in science, medicine, and commerce are introduced during the Year of the Water Tiger, such as 2022.

Legend goes that the moon’s gravitational influence on Earth draws energy toward excitement, adventure, speed, risky events and interactions, whistleblowing, and complicated political relationships.

Athletic achievements abound, and records are often broken during the Year of the Tiger. New businesses are launched, life-saving medicines are invented and administered, fierce warriors and dynamic people are born, and the world wakes up with energy during the Year of the Tiger. 

The Lunar New Year is a festival of new beginnings, while also honoring ancestors for everything they provided and created for new generations. Lunar New Year celebrations traditionally last for two weeks.