Dear Anker fans,
Due to the upcoming Chinese New Year and Spring Festival (the most important holiday of the year for your friends in this part of the world), we will be out of the office from Feb. 15th through Feb. 21st. Expect limited replies from the Community staff and support team during this time.
You might be wondering: what exactly will I be doing during the Spring Festival holiday? Well, there’s always a big family reunion involving lots of traditional activities, many of which have been going on in some form or another for over 4,000 years.
Deck the Halls
If there’s a Chinese New Year celebration near you, expect to see lots of red everywhere you look! Red is a traditionally important color in Chinese culture, symbolizing life, health, and prosperity. We may also welcome in the new year’s blessings by hanging the character 福 (fu, meaning “good luck”) outside of our doors and windows.
Show Me the Money!
We love giving presents to our family and friends when we get together for our New Year’s Eve celebrations, but instead of buying gifts ourselves, we just give money!
There are some special rules for this, with the money being presented as crisp, new bills inside a traditional red envelope (红包, hongbao).
Light Up the Sky
Though we’ll be back to work by then, the festivities officially conclude on March 2nd, with Lantern Festival celebrations occurring all around the world.
What do you know about Chinese New Year customs? Can you find any Chinese decorations or gatherings going on in your neighborhood? Show us some pictures if you can, and let us know your thoughts!
Best Wishes for the Year of Dog,
The Anker Team