This post was edited by Grace222 at 2018-2-14 13:45|
Who Gets a Red Envelope — and How Much Money Goes Inside
Grace222 Post time: 2018-2-14 13:39
Why Chinese Give Red EnvelopesChinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of ene ...
Traditionally speaking, if you have started earning money, it is time to start your experience of giving red envelopes. Giving a red packet is a way to share your blessings. Generally the amount of money wrapped in the red packets depends on your income. However, there is a custom that if you are not married, you need not send red envelopes to others.
Generally, on Chinese New Year’s Eve or New Year's Day, parents will prepare a red envelope and put it in their children’s pocket. Red envelopes were normally given and received only among families, while in some rural areas, the custom is that you have to give a red envelope to each child you meet during the New Year period.
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.
- To your elders (especially your parents and grandparents): always 500–2,000 yuan
- To the younger generation without an income (especially those who are still at school), such as the children of your close friends, your relatives and your colleagues: always 50–200 yuan
- To your own children: always 100 yuan up to the amount you are happy to give
- To your employees: always 100–1,000 yuan (always given on the last working day before the Chinese New Year holiday)
- To other children: Prepare some small red envelopes with 10 yuan or 20 yuan for acquaintances' children, in case you meet them during the Chinese New Year period.