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red packet

时间:2018/1/25 17:34:24 作者:learnmorechina 来源: 查看:100 评论:0
What is red packet? Why Chinese give red envelope during Chinese Spring Festival? What gifts will Chinese give in Chinese New Year? Learn More China now shares red packet with you. 

A red envelope or red packet is a monetary gift which is given in Chinese society. The name comes from the red envelope in which the money is contained.

red packetRed envelopes are often presented on social and family occasions such as a wedding reception or a holiday such as Chinese New Year in which context it is also known as yāsuì qián.

In Song Dynasty, adults gave coins wrapped in red paper to childrenas a lunar new year gift to protect them from evil.

Culture Note: In the old days, New Year‘s money was given in the form of one hundred copper coins strung together on a red string and symbolized the hope that one would live to be a hundred years old. Today, money is placed inside red envelopes in denominations considered auspicious and given to represent luck and wealth.

Giving Hongbao (red packets or red envelopes) during the Chinese New Year is another tradition. A red packet is simply a red envelope with gift money in it, which symbolizes luck and wealth.

Red is the lucky color and will bring good luck to the person receiving the present. Red packets are symbolically handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents, relatives, close neighbors and friends, and usually the lineal family gives Hongbao to the children on New Year's Eve. Money given in this way may not be refused and the pretty envelopes make the present seem more amiability and sincere.

The money is also called ya sui qian, meaning "money for suppressing age", which is supposed to stop children from getting older. This comes from the belief that everyone becomes one year older on New Year's Day.

Starting from the second day, people begin going out to visit friends and relatives, taking with them gifts and Hongbao for the children.

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