So now you know. Happy Chinese New Year, folks! Hongbao , of course, aren't just limited to Spring Festival. They can be gifted at weddings, graduations, birthday parties especially those for children or senior citizens , after the birth of a child or as a work bonus. Image via Pixabay.
How to Give Red Envelopes at Chinese New Year
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Red envelopes always contain money in China, and are given, most commonly, to kids from their parents, grandparents, and others as Chinese New Year gifts. They are called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese. Chinese people love the color red , and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck as well as money. Actually, the significance of red envelopes is the red paper , not the money inside.
But not just any old envelope. These are filled with money - and symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead. The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in Chinese and other East Asian cultures. The custom of giving red envelopes originates in some of the oldest stories of Chinese New Year.
The skyscrapers are decorated with festive lights and the city is full of red and gold lanterns along with other decor. Citrus trees line most doorways and our hotel set a gorgeous, giant cherry tree with lai see red envelopes hanging from the branches in the lobby. Chinese New Year, which is sometimes also called Lunar New Year, is the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar and is celebrated by more than a billion people around the world.