Chinese Red Envelopes
The Chinese New Year tradition of giving red envelopes, also known as "hongbao" in Mandarin, is a custom that is believed to bring good luck and fortune to the recipients. The red envelopes, which are also called "lai see" in Cantonese, are typically filled with money and given to children, unmarried adults, and elders by their parents, grandparents, or other relatives during the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The amount of money inside the red envelope varies, but it is usually an even number and is considered to be a symbol of good luck. The amount is also influenced by the giver's relationship with the recipient and their financial situation.
Red is an auspicious color in Chinese culture, and it is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Red envelopes are also decorated with auspicious symbols, such as the Chinese character "fu," which means good fortune, and images of the zodiac animal of the year.
In recent years, the tradition of giving red envelopes has also been adapted to digital platforms, with virtual red envelopes being sent via messaging apps and social media during the Chinese New Year period.