Chinese New Year Red Envelopes
Chinese red envelopes are my favorite type of envelopes to give out. Like many people, I am not really a card person. I like reading the cards and thinking of who to give them to, that’s fun. Yet, I am not really into getting cards and then what to do with them? Like what do you do after the money is gone?
Many years back in preparing for our trip to China, we learned about the tradition of red envelopes. Red envelopes are used to give away money on holidays, weddings, and Chinese New Year. The Chinese see red as a good luck symbol. Who does not want good luck and money?
How much money should go into a red envelope? The Chinese will give even amounts of money for those who are unmarried but odd numbers to those who are married, as they should not divide the money. Amounts in fours are considered bad (40, 44, and 444). Eights and sixes are considered good (88, 66). Chinese weddings envelopes will include 288 or 388 Chinese Yuan. In American dollars it converts to $46 or $62 and some change.
But my favorite twist on this tradition is giving out Chinese red envelopes on birthdays with the amount equal to the years aged. It does get harder to stuff the smaller envelopes with large amounts of money but it does make the recipient feel wealthy to get a fat red envelope.
My most recent creative red envelope idea was to decorate the Christmas tree with them. Each one was a gift to a family member. A very festive and easy decoration by adding red thread to hand up the red envelope. It took me longer to stuff the red envelopes than to hang them up.
So this Chinese New Year try giving out red envelopes to those in your life for meaningful events.
Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care, www.couturehealthcare.org Dr. Goins' Couture Health Care articles covers health, spiritual, holistic news, reviews for nurses and the public. Dr. Goins new book is called "Do You Know Lisa? 2014 Collection of Health Questions, Answers, and Tips" available on Amazon.com
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