Gong Hey Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!
Gong Hey Fat Choy! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!
Petralian wishes you a happy and roaring Chinese New Year!
In China each year starts according to lunar calendar and has a zodiac animal paired to it, the 2010 (4708, 4707, or 4647 for Chinese lunar calendar) animal is the tiger. The motto of the tiger is “I WIN”, and it is very visible in China. The Olympics in 2008, Expo 2010, Asian Games 2011, Universiade 2011, Summer Youth Olympics 2014, and probably a lot more that slips our minds.
Here are some interesting facts about Chinese New Year.
- Chinese New Year actually lasts 15 days but China only gives 3 official working days as holiday, however companies usually give 7 days off (weekends included)
- Firecrackers and wearing red clothes are used to scare away the mythical beast Nien, hence red is such an important color in Chinese New Year (and in general)
- There are 12 zodiac animals in the Chinese zodiac… so 2022 will be the year of the tiger
- 3 February is 2011’s Chinese New Year (year of the Rabbit)
- In 2007 Chinese New Year holiday was 10 to 14 days but this changed because of a government policy
- Chinese people have the habit of going all the way back to their hometown for Chinese New Year (Chūnyùn), this results in a catastrophic traffic load during those days
- There were over 2.26 billion passenger journies during the 2008 Chūnyùn (40 days)
- Chinese labor workers have a tendency of moving jobs after Chinese New Year
- A lot of Chinese companies make up the loss of having less work on Chinese New Year by working weekends before and after the holiday, we decided to follow that trend and show our roaring spirit 🙂