Why Chinese Give Red Envelopes during Chinese New Year? Who Gets a Red Envelope? Do you have any tips for Giving and Receiving a Red Envelope? Smash the play button and you'll find them out!
Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck (as well as money).
It is common to give a red envelope during some special occasions, such as a wedding, graduation, the birth of a baby, or a senior person's birthday. It is a traditional way to wish good luck and share blessings.
Generally, everyone gets a red envelope during Chinese New Year from parents, grandparents, bosses, relatives or even friends. But I have to say the younger you are the more envelopes you might get.
Traditionally speaking, if you have started earning money, it is time to start your experience of giving Chinese New Year red envelopes. And also, there is a custom that if you are not married, you need not send red envelopes to others. Your close relatives (like your parents and your grandparents) will keep giving you red envelopes even when you are married, which is a symbol of their love and blessings for you.
It's a tradition to put crisp, new bills inside a Chinese New Year red envelope. 换点新钱装红包！
Don't put coins in the envelopes. 别用硬币！
Prepare red envelopes in advance. 提前准备好！
Avoid giving amounts such as 40 yuan or 400 yuan. The number '4' in Chinese sounds like 'death', so this is considered bad luck. 别用40或是400这样的数字来装钱，4在汉语里和“死”谐音，不吉利！
Always receive your red envelope with both hands. 双手接红包！
Never open your red envelope in front of the person who just gave it to you. 别当着人家的面打开红包！
WeChat Red Envelopes has become a new way to greet friends or relatives during the Chinese New Year period. 移动互联网时代，微信红包也很流行。
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