Goodbye Year of the Rat. Hello Year of the Ox. Happy Chinese New Year 2021 to all our clients and colleagues. A special mention goes to our Senior Business Managers Jo Tianchang Li and Minghui Han, plus our Talent Acquisition Manager Alena Ivanova, for which this day takes on extra meaning!
Though travel may be discouraged, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways we can still mark the occasion!
Did you know? Lunar New Year falls on 12th February this year. Here’s a quick guide to the 15-day Lunar New Year/Spring Festival celebration…
While you may have heard of the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar, represented by 12 different animals, it’s a little more complicated than that. A year isn’t just categorized by its zodiac animal. There’s also a complex sexagenary cycle; a combination of one of 10 heavenly stems and one of 12 earthly branches!
The 12th of February marks the beginning of the xin chou year, according to the sexagenary cycle. ‘Xin’ represents the heavenly stem for the element metal, while ‘chou’ is the earthly branch symbol for ox, making it the Year of the Metal Ox!
Fun Fact! Senior Business Manager Jo Tianchang Li won MG’s Employee of the Year award in 2018 and cooked a Chinese delicacy, Sticky Rice Dumpling, for our World Cup of Cooking competition in 2020. Click here to watch the full video.
People take the 60-year calendar very seriously and believe each person’s own birth sign will be affected differently by the year’s heavenly stems and earthly branches. So the calendar plays an important role in making huge life decisions for the year ahead – such as whether they should start a business or even get married!
Fun Fact! Our Talent Acquisition Manager Alena Ivanova graduated from Uni in China! Click here to read the full story!
Followers believe that for each of the Chinese zodiac signs, luck will depend largely on the positions of the Tai Sui – the stars directly opposite Jupiter. If your zodiac sign clashes with Tai Sui – aka the Grand Duke of Jupiter – in a particular year, you might find yourself dealing with disruptions.
We hope you enjoyed our quick guide to Chinese New Year 2021. Stay safe and let the celebrations begin!