Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dragon
Lunar New Year | Chinese New Year | February 2024
For me, Lunar New Year has always been about family. Growing up, I always had a large extended family, and we have continuously taken advantage of the Lunar New Year celebrations to get together and catch up with each other to strengthen the bond we all share.
Year over year, we continue to see additions to our large family through marriages and births and this helps to continue the tradition for our younger family members. It’s important that we share these, so the traditions continue to be shared with each generation.
A Lunar New Year activity that my parents inculcated in us from our younger days was the tea offering event on the morning of the first day of the New Year. With each sibling offering tea to our parents, we follow our family hierarchy from eldest to youngest.
It is even more special to me now that I am a father, as I am blessed to have tea offered to me. During this same event, we offer in return, ang pows, or red packets, with money to our children and younger unmarried family members. These represent blessings of health, wealth, and happiness as they continue their journey of life.
2024: Year of the Dragon
When I think of the dragon, there are several symbols that come to mind. The dragon, signifying strength, health, and prosperity will hopefully translate into a robust working environment full of vigor and tenaciousness.
We can all incorporate this perseverance into our work at Jabil in a variety of ways and use these qualities to excel in our work and deliver prosperity to our organization.
Jabil proudly recognizes Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. This holiday marks the start of a new year, according to the lunar calendar. The Lunar New Year includes many customs and traditions celebrated by over 1.5 billion people globally; widely across East Asian countries including Vietnam, Singapore, and China, in addition to Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and more. Some regions call it different names based on their culture.