Happy Lunar New Year

It’s celebration time – Happy Lunar New Year! Saturday January 28 will be start of the Year of the Fire Rooster.

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is a the most significant holiday of the year across much of Asia, with the largest celebrations in China and Vietnam. It’s also known as ‘the Spring Festival’, or ‘Chinese New Year’ in many places.

The date of Lunar New Year changes annually as it is dictated by the cycle of the moon. Celebrations can last up to 15 days and involve visiting friends and family, gift giving, new clothes and loud firecrackers to herald in the new year and chase away bad spirits.

What’s the relevance for me?

Be aware of the implications of Lunar New Year for your clients, colleagues and customers across South East Asia and China. Be mindful of scheduling events, meetings, or expecting major decisions to be made – people are in celebration mode and may be on leave.

Travel implications

Lunar new year is the largest annual net migration of people on the planet. One billion people will travel home or away on a holiday! More than 600,000 people will move through Beijing train station each day.

Take a look at this video http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38724062 to get an idea about the scale of the event.

The Year of the Fire Rooster – the year ahead

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Fire Rooster is seen as hardworking, resourceful and courageous. If you are born into the year of the Rooster, you may enjoy being the centre of attention and be a very confident individual who enjoys maintaining many relationships. This is a year for scrutiny and planning. It may be a year of putting many resources into completing a few tasks perfectly.

Happy Lunar New Year to all our partners and clients from Beasley Intercultural.

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