Celebrating the Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse

The Chinese New Year begins on Jan. 31, 2014 – The Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

year of the horse 2The two-week holiday is divided into two parts: week 1 is designated time to spend with family and friend; week 2 involves traditions designed to bring good luck.

In Chinese astrology, the Year of the Horse is considered a fortunate year that brings luck and good things. The horse has is viewed as heroic and strong! The Year of the Horse is viewed as a time of fast victories, unexpected travel and adventure, and surprising romance.

We are very proud to present Libre’s makers – we have visited the factory several times now and would love to share some of our insider photos of the factory our incredible helpful partners.

All the Libre tea glasses are constructed by people – with real hands, and real hearts – just like you and me. We are proud to share their efforts. As our factory is a ‘one town factory’ northwest of Shanghai it is not at all the same as the stories we here about crowded dorms and forever working hours in bad conditions. The workers assembling the glasses have 2 hours off at lunch hour and many go home for lunch – there is also a cafeteria. The facility is clean and an audit last spring confirmed compliance on the majority of issues. There is a still a piece work versus hourly work issue at the heart of the complete compliance – we are educating and working with the factory to progress this understanding and supplier compliance is also being worked on.

Here are a few of our people in Asia!! 

 discussion with engineers and Mrs. Wang supervisor of the Libre assembly crew - to fine tune assembly proceduresWendy ad Mrs. Wang - we brought Canadian maple tea for the assembly team1. Discussion with engineers and Mrs. Wang supervisor of the Libre assembly crew – to fine tune assembly procedures
2. Wendy and Mrs. Wang – we brought Canadian maple tea for the assembly team

 Libre assembly area - inner glass hand-shined prior to assemblywendy and Mrs Wang beside assembly area - bright and clean area3. Libre assembly area – inner glass hand-shined prior to assembly
4. Wendy and Mrs. Wang beside assembly area – bright and clean area

Wendy, Anita ( LIbre factory liason) and Sino our factory rep ( wearing our gift of a red canadian fleece vest)

 

5. Wendy, Anita (Libre factory liaison) and Sino our factory rep ( wearing our gift of a red Canadian fleece vest)

 

 

We are very grateful for all of their support, help and efforts to always be working on improvement for the Libre tea glasses. We invented the 3 part system utilizing the filter on the glass ’n poly container and worked with the factory to produce the tea glass as it is today.

Buddha, according to Chinese legend, asked all the animals to meet him on New Year’s Day and named a year after each of the twelve animals that came. The animals in the Chinese calendar are the dog, pig/boar, rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, and rooster.

Share with us which animal represents the year you were born in according to the Chinese calendar for a chance to win a Libre Large tea glass.

58 thoughts on “Celebrating the Chinese New Year – Year of the Horse

  1. I was born in the year of the horse, 1966. I am actually a ‘fire horse.’ Here’s hoping the year of the horse is a good one for me. ;-)

  2. I was just having this discussion recently because my bday is in February and I wasn’t sure if I was a horse or a snake- I looked it up and I’m a horse!

  3. I am a rabbit with a ‘sub’ sign of the horse!

    I love your tea glasses as they are so beautifully functional and to know that they are made by real people in a friendly environment. Thank you.

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