“Congratulations and be prosperous”
Chinese New Year is the celebration of the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The date is not fixed exactly, but the first day starts when the new moon appears between january 21st and february 20th. The evening before Chinese New Year families gather together for a reunion meal, to celebrate, and exchange gifts. The following days tempels are visited, forefathers are honoured, and rituals are observed.
Chinese Newyear is not only celebrated in China, but countries with a large Chinese population also have it as an official holiday. Countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
People travel from all over China back to their hometown to be together, a trip that can easily take 2 or 3 days. In practice this means that companies and government offices close three days before Chinese New Year. Usually people go back to work on the 8th day after Chinese New Year, and celebrate with a lunch back at work. Real work starts after that.
Because pretty much everyone who can observes and celebrates Chinese New Year, there is no mail service, banks are closed, supply chains shut down, and the lights are literally switched off in factories and offices. From experience we know that in North China, where it can be quite cold, heating shuts down. And in tropical south China airconditioning is turned off, leading to high humidity. This means that very often there are start-up problems with production processes after Chinese New Year.
What does this mean in practice
If your stock of cards, keyfobs or wristbands runs low in the period between one week in advance of Chinese New Year, to 2 weeks after Chinese New Year (so in 2020 between 18th of january and 10th of february), we recommend that you put in a replacement order with us at least 5 weeks ahead of Chinese New Year, to be assured of supply.
In practice this means that we would like to receive your order before the Christmas period.
When is Chinese New Year
- 2020 - 25 january (saturday)
- 2021 - 12 february (friday)
- 2022 - 1 february (tuesday)
- 2023 - 22 january (sunday)
- 2024 - 10 february (saturday)
- 2025 - 29 january (wednesday)