Chinese New Year
The date of Chinese New Year in the Gregorian
calendar changes year-to-year, but always falls between January
21st and February 20th. The reason it changes
every year is because it is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar,
which is used for the dates of traditional activities in China,
East Asia, and many Chinese and East Asian communities around the
Known as the Spring Festival locally, New Year is the most
important holiday in China. Like Christmas/New Year in other
countries, Chinese New Year is simply a much-needed winter holiday
at an auspicious time. It is also traditionally just before the
Spring, and this time is used to prepare for the coming
Year of the Rooster
Every year is dedicated to one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, and 2017 is the year of the
Rooster. According to Chinese tradition, the Rooster is the
representative of confidence and intelligence. People who born in
the years of the Rooster, usually share lots of common personality
traits, such as being responsive, distinctive, smart and
Chinese New Year is a big deal, and roughly 20% of the world's
population observe the holiday in some form. That's an astonishing
number of people, spread across many different countries. In Indonesia alone,
there are 250 million people who have an official day off work to
celebrate! Add to that the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and
Korea amongst other countries, and you have millions of people
celebrating before we even count China.
The global knock-on effect
The official holiday period in China for New Year is seven days,
but traditionally lasts for three weeks. During this period, an
estimated 200 million people will travel back home to their
families, usually from the cities to rural areas. That's an
incredible 4% of the global population.
Production in China all but stops during this time, and of
course this has a knock-on effect for business around the world.
China is the world's largest manufacturer, and when they stop
manufacturing, everyone feels it. Those who have been in business
long enough to know better are more prepared for New Year, and plan
around it. Unfortunately, those who haven't experienced this three
week shut down, tend to not factor it into their business plan, and
suffer financially as a result.
How we help our clients during this period
At Image Label
Systems, we encourage our clients to place their orders in
advance of Chinese New Year, but we also know that sometimes this
isn't possible. When this happens, we dedicate ourselves to working
around the clock, to deliver on our promises and meet our clients'
One of our many strengths is our ability to turn orders around
in record time, and we can often be found working right up to the
day before Chinese New Year to deliver on an order. Even working at
this pace, our quality, professionalism and commitment is never
We welcome the challenges our industry brings, and we thrive on
the challenge the Chinese New Year presents.
If you are interested in our services, or would like to know
more about how we can help your business, then please contact us today.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help in
any way they can.