We asked a few of our team members in China to share what Chinese New Year means to them and how they celebrated it.
Chinese New Year 2023 (also known as Lunar New Year) is the Year of the Rabbit and started on Sunday 22 January.
In case you didn’t know, the rabbit is the symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity in Chinese Culture.
What we’re sure you do know is that this time of year is extremely significant for millions of people across the world, including many of our colleagues in our Chinese teams.
We asked a few of them to share what they did to celebrate the New Year and what this time of year means to them.
Boxin Fan, Product Owner, from Qiqhar, HeilongjiangChinese New Year is a bond, it's an annually chance to stay with family together, spend lovely days at hometown. Feast, wine, beer, fireworks are essential as it's the most important over 4000 years traditional festival in China.
It's also like a jolly dream, which could recall some wonderful childhood memories. Then wake up and back to big city, back to adult working life.
Johnny Zhang, Senior Engineer, from Jinzhou, Liaoning
I spend CNY in my hometown. I’d like to describe this by a Chinese poetry: “北国风光，千里冰封，万里雪飘“
Which means, North country scene, a hundred leagues locked in ice, a thousand leagues of whirling snow.
Celine Zhao, Vehicle Validation Senior Engineer, from Changzhou, Jiangsu
Chinese New Year is a time for family reunion. Families get together, sharing their news and welcoming in the luck and prosperity of a new year at this cheerful moment.
By following traditions, the Chinese inherit culture generation by generation.Zhenyi Zheng, Engine Technical Senior Manager, from Shanghai
To me, Spring Festival is a time about family celebrating together the beginning of the new year, and it's a period to remind everyone the tradition and cultures about where we come from.
Zhichuan Guo, AAD UI & UX Lead Engineer, from Wenzhou, Zhejiang
To me Chinese New Year is about re-connection, a once-a-year event when people working outside can reconnect to their hometown, family and friends.
It might be the only chance in the year to see some old friends, to see what happened in the hometown and to see the wrinkles of their parents. It's not a holiday of revelry, but a time to seek our root.
Thank you to all of our fantastic colleagues for sharing a bit about what this important time of year means to them. We would like to wish everyone celebrating a very Happy Chinese New Year and hope 2023 is full of peace and prosperity for you.