Chinese New Year is just around the corner and are you excited to receive or give Hong Bao? But do you know that there are some Do’s and Don’ts in giving Hong Bao? If not, you might like to read on.
Hong Bao Giving Do’s and Don’ts in Chinese Traditions
1. Hong Bao should contain even number of dollars to symbolise auspicious meaning
It is considered auspicious to give even numbered amounts of cash inside a red packet on joyous occasion like Chinese New Year, wedding or birthday. It would even be better if it can end with a 8 such as 118, 188 or 168.
As for odd number, it is believed to signify death and therefore it is given in funeral “white gold”.
2. Use Brand New dollars to pack in Hong Bao
Using new bank notes in the new year represent a fresh new start and symbolize that you are ready to welcome the good things in the coming year.
3. Do not use expired Red packet
Do not use hong Bao with outdated design, especially those with the Chinese Zodiac. It indicate that you have no heart to give the blessing.
4. Use only Red color packet
In Chinese tradition, red color means good luck and fortune so in the event of CNY, the Chinese choose to put the money in red envelopes. They want to give their children both lucky money and lucky color, so do not use those Hong bao in funny design and color as it will defy the purpose.
5. Do not open the red packet in front of the elder
It is considered as disrespect if you open the Ang Pow in the face of the elder or anyone who give you the red packet.
Keep this as a reference when you are preparing your hong bao.
“What burning ‘paper money’ really meant those days.” Excerpt from Bro. Tan’s teachings on 30 March. During a funeral ceremony in ancient China, paper-made models of houses, sedan chairs, treasure chests, clothes, daily utensils, and even effigies of servants, were...read more
In the East, we all understand that the symbolism of numbers applies to a whole lot of situations and emblems.read more
Have you prayed to Tai Sui Deities for this year? I have stumbled upon an interesting and controversy article on "Tai Sui Deities" from a Taoism master. After reading, do share your view and thoughts on this matter. Article extracted from Taoist Master Blog dot com...read more