7 Days of Lunar New Year – Red Envelopes

February 21, 2015 § Leave a comment


Giving out red envelopes or lucky packets is the Chinese New Year’s most valued tradition. This tradition is not unlike Western holiday traditions such as Christmas’ gift exchanging and Halloween’s candy galore. The only difference is the fact that red envelopes are essentially cash giveaways. Each lucky packet is stuffed with an unspecified amount of money–usually an even number. Some people like to vary the amount of money stuffed in their lucky packets. If one is lucky, he or she might receive one with the highest amount.

The likely recipients of these red envelopes are young children and teenagers. In order to be given a lucky packet, the young kid must dress in proper attire and greet an adult with words of good luck.


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