New Year eCards are a great way to express holiday season greetings in a non-secular way. New Year's eCards are generally sent any time between Christmas and New Year's, and businesses often choose to send their New Year's cards so they're received the first work day after New Year's.
From an electronic marketing perspective, online New Year's cards are also an excellent way to validate your client email list, and to offer promotional 'specials' as a way of kicking off a new business year. If your business has been collecting customer email addresses but not really using them to keep in touch, then a Happy New Year eCard campaign is an easy and effective way to get started.
When sending a New Year's greeting:
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Celebrating the New Year is one of the oldest and most universal traditions. In some cultures, the New Year was celebrated at the vernal equinox (when night and day are approximately equal in length) and it marks the agricultural cycle of planting crops. Some historians believe the Romans were the first to celebrate New Year's Day on January 1st and many people all over the world continue to use the Gregorian calendar which marks January 1st as the traditional start of the New Year.
The meaning of Auld Lang Syne - "Auld Lang Syne" is the song everyone sings at the stroke of midnight on New Year's. The words originate from a poem from Scotland in the late 18th century, set to the melody of a traditional British folk song. Roughly translated, the song is a rhetorical question on whether the year past should be forgotten, reminiscing on past experiences and friends made. As you are about to pass into the New Year, Auld Lang Syne gives a toast to the importance of the past. It asks, "Should auld (old) acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?" And the answer is, "No!" The past is as much a part of you as the future, and should not be forgotten.
Here are some ways to say "Happy New Year!" in different languages, so you can wish everyone in the global workplace a happy holiday.
|Chinese (Cantonese):||"Sun nien fai lok"|
|Chinese (Mandarin):||"Xin nian yu kuai"|
|German:||"Gutes Neues Jahr"|
|Hawaiian:||"Hauoli Makahiki hou"|
|Italian:||"Buon Capo d'Anno"|
|Japanese:||"Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu"|
|Korean:||"Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo"|
|Philippines (Tagalog):||"Manigong Bagong Taon"|
|Portugese:||"Feliz ano novo"|
|Russian:||"S Novym Godom"|
|Spanish:||"Feliz ano nuevo"|
What's the first world location to ring in the New Year?
Christmas Island, an Australian Territory located off the coast of Java in the Indian Ocean, is the first location in the world to enter the New Year. Even though it is west of Australia, a realignment of time zones in 1995 caused it to be an hour ahead of the mainland, rather than a day early. Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand are the first major cities in the world to enter the New Year. When Wellington is celebrating the New Year, it's still 6:00 in the morning in New York City!