2017 the Year of the Fire Rooster begins on January 28th, will be an exciting one. The Lunar year is filled with loads of opportunities, concerning finances and business advancements. Put your best foot forward and you’ll be sure to find success this year. For added insurance, be sure to take on traits of the rooster such as, commitment, loyalty, family values and first-rate appearances.
To usher in prosperity, it is a tradition to clean house, de-clutter and reorganize to attract good luck and repel negative energy which are all part of bringing in feng shui. Additionally, windows and doors are decorated with red emblems, such as the Fu symbol. These correspond with good fortune, the joy of sharing and celebration.
Chinese New Year is the most significant holiday in the Chinese culture; here are 5 gift giving tips to help you strengthen business and personal relationships.
- The choice of gift is important in Chinese culture. How much you spend on it, how the gift is wrapped and presented are equally important. The value of the gift depends on the occasion and your relationship to the recipient. In business settings where more than one person will receive a gift, the most senior person should receive the most expensive gift. Never give the same gift to people of different ranks in the company.
- With gifts, avoid knives or any other sharp objects as it signifies the severance of the relationship; clocks imply death, while shoes or gift cards for footwear imply the ‘walking out’ of the relationship.
- When in a group, always hand your gift to the most senior person first. Use both hands when offering the gift as a sign of your respect. Gifts are not opened in public.
- Use brightly colored gift wrap like red, pink, yellow or gold. These colors symbolize prosperity, happiness and good fortune.
- Appreciated gifts: Foreign branded goods; fine wines and imported alcohol; quality writing pens; gifts in sets of 6 or 8 (never 4); good quality handmade goods from your country that are not easily available in the recipient’s own home country.
If you are visiting a Chinese friend for the Lunar New Year, remember to bring a small gift. Food items such as fruit baskets are always welcome; ensure that you include mandarins as they symbolize abundance, good luck and wealth.
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