Kong He Fat Choi!
What is Chinese Red Packet?
During The Chinese New Year celebration, giving out red packets are giving good luck for the new year. A New Start, A New Chapter, A New Beginning.
We insert money in the red packet is to bring happiness, welcoming in the Year of the Monkey. In China, the red and gold packet is called yasui qian, or Lai See (Cantonese) in Hong Kong.
The red packets are usually given to the younger generation by their parents, grandparents and relatives, and it is not cool to open the envelope in front of the person who has just given it to you.
The colour of red symbolises energy, good fortune and to ward off evil spirits. It is traditional to give the packets after the New Year’s Eve Feast or parents may also place the red packet under their children’s pillows when there fall asleep, and the children recieve their first surprise in the New year day morning.
When we were young, my brothers and I always looking for to the New Year as we could make a lot of pocket money from the Red Packets.
Hapyy Chinese New Year!
May the Year of the Monkey attract all the good wishes this year
for you and your family