Xinnián kuàilè Happy Chinese Lunar New Year
27/01/2017 13:36:06 | WCBS
Whilst not the same as in China, Chinese communities around the world will nevertheless celebrate with bell ringing, lighting firecrackers, and watching traditional lion dances. Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve, and clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune.
Traditionally, children are given red envelopes stuffed with 'lucky money' and positive wishes on New Year's Day – nowadays, some teens have red envelope apps, so their relatives can transfer cash digitally.
According to tradition, people must stay up late on New Year’s Eve to welcome the New Year, and then to let off firecrackers and fireworks to scare off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster.
Year of the Fire Rooster
Not all Roosters are equal - there are five different types, each with different characteristics.
This is the year of the Fire Rooster, which last fell in 1957.
Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible (especially at work) and on the whole, Roosters are active, amusing, popular, healthy, outspoken, honest, loyal, talkative and charming. They are happiest when they are in company, enjoying the spotlight.
Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as being seen as vain and arrogant and a tendency to brag about their achievements.
Beware - according to Chinese astrology, the year of your sign is believed to be one of the most unlucky years of your life!
Message from the Prime Minister
Theresa May has already sent her best wishes for the New Year – published on gov.uk and which includes the following: “And what a year it is set to be – particularly for the relationship between Britain and China. Our starting point is stronger than ever before. We had the historic state visit of President Xi just 15 months ago. We receive more Chinese investment than any other major European country. We’ve got around 150,000 Chinese students studying here and the number of Chinese tourists visiting has doubled in 5 years.”
WCBS in China
WCBS has established a prestigious place already in Chinese schools. After many years of exporting our software to international schools around the world, now, through extensive research and working closely with Chinese private and Government school customers, we have developed a unique understanding of the specific information management requirements in China.Our international strategy continues to grow and adapt due to the demands of the international market place and requests from specific schools turning to us as industry leaders. As a member of the China Britain Business Council (CBBC) and our work with the Department for International Trade (DIT), WCBS is recognised as a pioneering leader in the education technology market in China.
Our commitment to innovation is typified by our development of the first fully bilingual information management system in Mandarin and English, which is already being used by schools throughout China either as a bilingual or entirely Mandarin solution, along with further deep localisation of our Chinese MIS solution to reflect the requirements of schools.
Zenaria Cheng, our China Business Manager, provides bilingual consultancy and support to our schools in China and has considerable experience of both Chinese and international curricula and cultures.
WCBS is delighted to be at the forefront of such an interesting and exciting market.
Happy New Year!
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