Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Everything Korea: February 1 Episode, the Lunar New Year

The Year of the Red Monkey: energy, liveliness and success.

Korea (as well as China, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore and many Asian countries) celebrate two New Years’-- one on Jan. 1 and the Lunar New Year celebration, which this year falls on February 7th to 10th.   

Each lunar new year has an associated animal, as well as a related element like fire (red), water (black), earth (yellow), metal (white) and wood (blue), all which rotate over a 60 year cycle.  Hence, Red (Fire) Monkey, Black (Water) Snake, White (Metal) Dragon, etc.   

It’s a great time to re-connect with Korean teams and friends.
For your Korean colleagues (in Korea), you can wish them “Happy Lunar New Year” by phone, text, or email, late afternoon on Thursday February 4th (so, Friday AM in Korea, which is their last day in office prior to Holiday).

For expat Koreans working outside Korea/ globally, or in your local operations,  you can wish then Happy Lunar New Year on Sunday February 7, or Monday February 8.

Here is the formal greeting--Sae hae bok mani ba deu say yo
Give it a try.   You will find it will be greatly appreciated.

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