Giving Red Envelopes

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The best part of Chinese New Year, and a favourite tradition for both young and old, is the giving and receiving of red envelopes. Why? Because inside every red envelope is a small gift of money! Enjoy this tradition with your own family on your New Years celebration!


The red envelope tradition is hundreds of years old, and no one quite knows how it started. One common story of the origin of the tradition says that elderly family members would string together gold coins with red string, which were thought to ward off evil spirits and protect the younger generations.


Start with a simple red envelope. You can create your own from red construction paper or find red envelopes in a store near you. For some extra fun, have your kids decorate them!

As for the glittering gifts inside, try chocolate coins for your younger family members and if you're feeling generous, real money for your adult loved ones!