Chinese New Year Do’s and Don’ts
Chinese New Year is here now and this is when everyone can either:
1. Breathe a sigh of relief
2. Curse as to why Chinese New Year is happening NOW.
Depending on how prepared you were for this longest-holiday-ever, you are either busy preparing for the next release or you are taking this time to take some time to re-group. Either way, please take a few minutes to keep reading this blog and take note of some of the Do’s and Don’ts of Chinese New Year as we enter into the Year of the Dog.
Credit: China Highlights
Growing up, I remember having to clean the house from top to bottom BEFORE CNY and not washing my hair on the day before or day of Chinese New Year. Actually, now that I think of it, a lot of these rules also applied when getting married as a lot of these omens were considered “bad luck”. As the New Year is considered a fresh start, so is marriage.
Back to topic, each year, factories in China take approximately 2-3 weeks off and all the workers travel long journeys to go back to their hometown. According to this website, China and the USA are approximately the same size in land mass but China leads the way with 1.4 billion people (#1) and the USD has 324 million people (#3), imagine all of the coordination required to go back and forth.
When the workers return home, they get to visit with their families and celebrate! This is a time to visit each other’s homes, eat, and wish each other luck and prosperity for the coming year. The majority of workers only get to see their family once a year, since many of them live on site at the factories in dormitories. They work very hard year-round and they deserve a little bit of a break, even if this means new production can’t start until March.
Kung Hei Fat Choi!