It's a little bit sad typing this blog as Kate usually writes it and lets us in on all her family secrets for Chinese New Year. She has now moved on to pastures new after lots of lovely years with us. Having said that, she actually came in yesterday to help us with the Company VAT return (she is a spreadsheet genius.) So I really should have asked her to whip up a quick blog while she was here :) Instead here is a photo of her lovely cat Kim Kim, all ready for the New Year celebrations.
2019 is the year of the Pig, and I have just remembered that I was born in the year of the pig. I asked around the office and Pigs and Tigers seem to be the most popular zodiac signs, although we also have some roosters, a horse, monkey, snake and a dragon.
Tomorrow, 5th February marks the start of the Spring Festival celebrations for 2019 and these will go on until the 19th February. It is a public holiday in China and other countries with a high Chinese population. It is the busiest time for migration as so many people travel home to spend time with family. There are some traditions in the lead up to it which Kate used to tell us about, such as cleaning the house. This is seen as clearing out any bad luck from the previous year and red is the colour of luck for decorations etc.
After doing my research it became apparent there were some popular food themes for Chinese New Year, many of which are Gift Basket friendly. So you could choose to focus on one of these themes or even combine a few if you wish to send a gift for Chinese New Year.
Here is a Chinese New Year Gift we created last year for a client and it ticks off 4 of the 5 themes - fruit, flowers, snacks and wine.