Sembcorp employees on Teesside celebrated the start of the Chinese New Year in traditional style
Sunday marked the beginning of the Year of the Snake and for the second time and in line with Singapore custom and tradition, special good luck packages were handed out to all of the company’s 400 employees by members of the executive team.
The packages included lucky red packets (or Ang Pow) containing six pound coins and two Mandarin oranges and employees also received a Sembcorp Industries calendar.
Chinese New Year (also known as the “Spring Festival” in China) is the biggest holiday celebrated amongst people of Chinese origin and a very important traditional aspect of it is the exchange of gifts and in particular the red envelopes filled with "lucky money" – the colour red and the ‘even’ number six both symbolising good fortune in Chinese culture.
In the east families tend to give the money to their children and it is used to to buy holiday treats.
In Chinese culture the person born in Year of the Snake is the wisest and most enigmatic of all. Such a person is a thinker who also likes to live well – a person aware that life is not all work and competition and someone who knows how to wind down and relax. They often make protective and caring friends and have the ability to constantly motivate themselves and be ready for new challenges.
Douglas Annan Senior Vice President and Site Director for Sembcorp Teesside said: “We were delighted to celebrate Chinese New Year in line with our colleagues around the world. A lot of time and effort goes into making this happen and I would like to thank all those involved