Celebrating Lunar New Year at InfluxData
By Samantha Wang / Feb 01, 2022 / Community, Telegraf, Developer
What is the Lunar New Year?
Lunar New Year is a festival celebrated in certain east Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later on the first full moon of the lunar calendar. Lunar New Year will end up on a different day on the western calendar year to year because it is based on the cycles of the moon.
The Lunar New Year holiday is known by different names in different countries. In China, it is called Ch?n Jié, in Vietnam it is known as T?t, in Korea it is Seollal and in Tibet it is called Losar.
Year of the Tiger
Every Lunar New Year commemorates the beginning of that year’s zodiac sign, this year being the year of the tiger. The Chinese Zodiac is an ongoing cycle of 12 years, where each year is represented by an animal. People born in the year of the tiger are thought to be brave, confident, and competitive.
Why is the tiger important at InfluxData?
All of InfluxData’s original TICK stack (Telegraf, InfluxDB, Chronograf, Kapacitor) products had mascots associated with them, a tiger, i’iwi, giraffe, and koala. With Telegraf being one of our most popular products with a major community, the tiger will appear all over InfluxData’s branding and merchandise. We are excited for the Year of the Tiger and think it’s no coincidence that 2022 being the Year of the Tiger coincides with all the exciting new things we have for Telegraf this year.
How Influxers celebrate Lunar New Year
Here at InfluxData, employees of all backgrounds take part in the Lunar New Year celebrations. Many of us like to take part in traditional celebrations like eating dumplings and noodles, exchanging red envelopes, and attending local Chinatown parades.
Chunchun Ye, a UI software engineer, says “We decorate our house with red paper lanterns to make the house feel warm and lively. My grandparents prepare red pockets and give out to kids in the family.” Eating is one of the important aspects of the Lunar New Year as many asian cultures believe certain foods will bring you good luck for the year. One of our software engineers says: “We feast on a big home-cooked family meal the night before Lunar New Year.”
For Lunar New Year this year, InfluxData’s Outreach Club is hosting a Blinner where Influxers across the globe can grab some takeout on behalf of InfluxData and join for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on their time zone.
Hope everyone has a happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you all happiness and prosperity in the year of the [Telegraf] tiger!