Happy Lunar New Year

It’s celebration time – Happy Lunar New Year! Tuesday 5 February will be start of the Year of the Earth Pig, the last of the twelve-year zodiac cycle. People born in1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007 will experience their Zodiac Year of Birth (Ben Ming Nian).  ‘Pigs’ are known to be genial and accommodating.

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is one of the world’s most vibrant and colourful events, with celebrations taking place all across the globe.  It is also called ‘the Spring Festival’, or ‘Chinese New Year’.  Depending on where you are, the festivities typically last from 7-15 days, officially kicking off on 5 February, and in the case of Chinese New Year, ending with the Lantern Festival on 19 February.

Dictated by the cycle of the moon, the date of the Lunar New Year changes every year.  Celebrations can last up to 15 days and traditionally centre around friends and family, decorating houses, exchanging gifts, with loud firecrackers, drums, bells and gongs to ward off evil spirits and ring in the new year.

Is this relevant to me?

As this is the biggest holiday of the year in Asia, most companies will be closed and their employees away with families, often in other cities.  Please note this means that it will be difficult to schedule events and meetings or get any major decisions made around this time of year.

Travel implications

The Lunar New Year is the largest annual human migration on the planet when hundreds of millions of people will be cramming onto planes, trains, buses, boats and cars to go home or away for the holiday! Nearly 3 billion trips are expected to be made between during this period in China alone.

The Year of the Earth Pig – what to expect in the year ahead

The year of the pig is a perfect time to carry out an in-depth review of past years and build the energy reserves that are needed before the new cycle that starts in 2020 – the coming year of the Metal Rat.

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

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