The Chinese New Year begins February 16th, with joyous festivities continuing for one week, however the festival technically extends until early March. Tomorrow, celebrations will begin around the world with concerts, parades, parties and so much more to mark the year of the Dog.
The traditional Chinese culture is filled with symbolism, and the New Year is no exception. Each year is depicted by one of the 12 zodiac animals, and these animals reflect how people see themselves, but also their relationship with the world. In Chinese tradition, the year of the dog is considered to be a symbol of luck. Ancient Chinese culture view the dog not only as a “man’s best friend”, but as a creature with mystical qualities that preserve man and proclaim his fortune, particularly for careers. In the Chinese labor market, the dog year stresses the importance of good communication, seriousness and responsibility in the work place. Other symbols of the Chinese New Year include plum blossoms, and water narcissus, signs of courage, hope, and good fortune.
Before beginning celebrations of the new year, a thorough cleaning begins to say goodbye to the previous year – during the almost month long festival cleaning is prohibited as it is believed to “wash away” the good fortune of the new year. Once festivities begin, traditional red clothing is worn to symbol new beginnings and ward off bad fortune in the new year. Fireworks, parades and iconic Chinese lanterns can be seen nation-wide, as well as in many cities around the world.
So, don’t forget to wish your Chinese employees a Happy New Year. We hope the year of the dog offers good fortune, success and global expansion!