Saturday, January 24, 2009

15 Minutes : Know It : Red Envelope

My kids' favorite part of our Chinese New Year celebration certainly includes receiving Red Envelopes from Mom and Dad, aunts and uncles and grandparents too. According to wikipedia the red envelope is a symbol of good luck and good fortune and usually contains money in even numbers (except the number "4" which tone is similar to that of "death").

Our family traditions include giving red envelopes (or Lai See) only to younger children or siblings who are not married. We also ask the children to tell the adult who is giving them the envelope "Gung Hay Fat Choy" (Happy New Year in Cantonese) and accept the gift with both hands. It's almost like our second Christmas.

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