Gartner Celebrates Chinese New Year
At Gartner, we believe that as individuals, as communities, and as a global organization we are stronger and better by bringing diverse perspectives and experiences together. At the beginning of February, several Gartner offices held events to welcome the new year and celebrate the achievements of our associates in 2018. The Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. In 2019, the first day of the Chinese New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the Pig (one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac). The events gave associates the opportunity to come together and celebrate different cultural traditions. Take a look below to learn more about how our associates celebrated.
Chinese New Year in Beijing
In our Beijing office, over 90 associates gathered to celebrate cultural diversity at the annual gathering. Leon Sun, Regional Vice President of China Sales, kicked off the celebration with welcoming remarks, thanking associates for their hard work throughout the year and also speaking to the importance of celebrating our differences as a global, growing company. Festivities kicked-off with traditional singing and dancing performances and also featured the art of Sumo wrestling.
Moe Ali, Group Vice President of APAC Sales and Mike Ryan, Managing Vice President of Greater China Sales, joined associates in our Shanghai office to celebrate Chinese New Year. Moe and Mike thanked the APAC team for all of their hard work throughout 2018 and are looking forward to continued success in the year ahead. Celebrations also included a traditional Chinese dance performed by members of our Sales team – a great way to start 2019.
Chinese New Year in Shenzen
Gartner associates in Shenzen celebrated the start of 2019 with a costume contest. Winners of the contest received a traditional red envelope – which symbolizes good luck and health throughout the new year. Associates in Shenzen also enjoyed food, dancing and interactive games at the office.
Chinese New Year in Singapore
The Gartner team in the local Singapore office rang in Chinese New Year with a traditional Lion Dance. Associates also participated in the annual Lo Hei or Yusheng tradition. This Cantonese ritual, which translates to “Prosperous Toss,” involves throwing parts of raw fish into the air as a symbol of good fortune, prosperity and good luck as you enter the new year.
Gartner associates in Hong Kong gathered together in celebration of Chinese New Year by enjoying a traditional meal at lunchtime. They also watched a traditional Lion Dance at the office. The dance, performed while wearing a lion costume, is meant to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year.
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