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Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Rabbit.
The Essex Furukawa team in Suzhou, China began the Spring Festival a little early with an employee celebration. The annual tradition was held at the plant on January 12 and there was no shortage of color, recognition, and warm wishes for prosperity.
Anny Tang, the Human Resources Director for Suzhou, said that spirits were high as the Year of the Tiger came to a close and the new calendar set to begin on January 22.
“People make the difference in the Suzhou plant,” she said. “We always want to recognize our employees and creating unforgettable memories for them is a part of our job.”
The Lunar New Year is based on a different calendar than what is traditionally observed in Western countries. It uses the moon and its 12 phases, where each phase lasts about 29 days. The full calendar is around 354 days long and the celebrations varies throughout different Asian cultures.
Each have noticeable differences to their celebrations, traditions, and duration of the festival. One unifying aspect to Lunar New Year is community as families will come together to eat feasts and practice their customs.
Essex Furukawa has a global footprint and celebrates its own diversity. Malaysian locations in Penang and Kuala Lumpur will recognize the Lunar New Year and our parent company operates a plant in Changzhou, China that is also welcoming the new year.
The sign of the Rabbit is considered a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity within Chinese culture. As such, 2023 is expected to be a year of hope.
Due to the lingering effects of the global pandemic, Superior Essex CEO Daniel Choi was unable to attend the celebration in person. He virtually shared a message of thanks and congratulations.
Like the coming year, his message was of hope.
“There are a lot of positives to celebrate in Suzhou that contributed to Essex Furukawa’s success in 2022,” Choi said, in part, to the group.
“As we move into the Year of the Rabbit, I am excited for what 2023 will offer. I hope you remain healthy and fulfilled in the coming months.”
May this Lunar New Year bring you good luck, good health, and great happiness.