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Giving of New Year Red Envelopes

 

Chinese New Year Red Envelopes

The Chinese New Year Red Envelope is one of the favorite Chinese traditions for children since on New Year’s Day, they are given the shiny things with money inside! Instead of Santa Claus or presents under the tree, you get your glossy red envelope. Kids of all ages quickly learn the words for red envelope: “hong pao” in mandarin, “lai see” in cantonese.

Chinese New Year Red Envelope with Gold character Fu
The color red for the Chinese represents good fortune, it is the lucky color. Traditionally the envelopes have been adorned with gold letters and messages of prosperity or Chinese lucky symbols like the Chinese dragon, the phoenix, Chinese Lions, the Chinese Wise Men of wealth, etc.
The color red for the Chinese represents good fortune, it is the lucky color. Traditionally the envelopes have been adorned with gold letters and messages of prosperity or Chinese lucky symbols like the Chinese dragon, the phoenix, Chinese Lions, the Chinese Wise Men of wealth, etc.
Info from- http://www.china-family-adventure.com/chinese-new-year-red-envelope.html
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