Sending a very BIG Xīnnián kuàilè 新年快乐 to all our colleagues and friends!!!
Starting from 28 January in China and Chinese communities around the world, the colourful celebrations to welcome in the year of the rooster will continue for around two weeks, ending on the 2nd February.
It’s the factory closures during this period that has contributed to such a massive demand spike for air and sea freight, as everyone tried to get their orders into the supply chain before the holiday shutdown, so it might be a little quieter after the 2nd February.
Chinese New Year is the longest national holiday in China and New Year’s day is the most important date in the Chinese calendar.
Although China has used the Gregorian calendar since 1912, Chinese New Year is based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, falling on the second new moon after winter solstice — meaning it changes each year.
2017 is the year of the tenth Chinese zodiac, the rooster, or more precisely the fire rooster.
Those born in 1957 or 2017 are fire roosters, and are considered trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. They are talkative, popular in a crowd and loyal.
Their lucky numbers are five, seven and eight, and lucky colours gold, brown and yellow. But they should avoid colour red, one, three and nine.
Wishing all our colleagues and friends in China (and anyone else who is celebrating) “Xīnnián kuàilè”.