Mark Zuckerberg donned his trademark gray shirt and jeans in his family's Lunar New Year message while his wife, Priscilla and baby Max, wore traditional festive red Chinese ensemble. Zuckerberg and his wife also showed off their linguistic skills, delivering the entire 1:24 minute video in Mandarin.
Baby Max, however, seemed unimpressed by her bilingual parents as she yawned several times during the video and gave out a little squeal as her mother said that she hoped everyone was celebrating the occasion with their own families and loved ones. Zuckerberg asked her “You think my Chinese is bad?” at the end of the family message.
The family shared that they were excited to celebrate their first Chinese New Year with Max and celebrated the arrival of the Year of The Monkey by inviting some famous chefs from China at the Facebook headquarters to prepare some dishes so everyone at the company can enjoy various cuisines from different regions. Zuckerberg revealed that his favorite was duck.
They also shared that they have selected a Chinese name for Max – as is a common practice brought on by the Chinese diaspora. Zuckerberg, who is currently on his 2-month paternity leave, announced that Max's Chinese name is Chen Mingyu.
Chen, as he explained, is Priscilla's maiden name. While Mingyu means, “our hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
It was previously reported that baby Max, whose full name is Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, was named after Zuckerberg's family members.
Although it was not explained which family members Max was named after, the popular family tree site, Ancestry, looked into the public records for Zuckerberg's family and found that the name of his grandmother's father was Marcus Hollander. He was born in 1874 in Hungary and had listed his name on his World War I draft card as “Max.”
“Xin Nian Kuai Le,” Zuckerberg cooed to Max, aka Chen Mingyu, as the video came in for a close-up of the baby.