How much should you be putting in your ‘red envelope’ this year?


Happy Chinese New Year everyone!

It’s my favourite time of the year as I get to be immersed in dong dong chiang (lion dances) and firecrackers, soaking it all up under lanterns.

Lanterns hanging by the gardens in Melbourne CBD, a CITI event  with food markets

Reminiscing about our past new year experiences with wifey, we’ve both realised how different things are now. For starters, Chinese new year economics do not work in our favour anymore! Being married, we are not entitled to ang pows anymore. Not only that, we now have to distribute it instead!

Red envelopes ready to be filled with money and distributed

For those who are unfamiliar with the Chinese culture, ang pows are essentially red envelopes that are filled with cash and distributed mostly to children, sometimes to adults such as family elders or parents. It symbolizes good luck and it’s supposed to ward off evil spirits for the coming year.

As children, I remember saying 恭喜发财, 红包拿来. Which means ‘may you be prosperous, now give me that red envelope!’.

Very brash I know, but I knew there were lots of free money to be collected so I had to be as direct as I could, but in a childish way of course.

So for beginners like me, I found this guide to ang pow giving very useful. I wouldn’t want children to start calling me Uncle Cheap!


Currency used is the Malaysian Ringgit; convert it into your local denomination for relevancy

Remember that the amount of luck you receive during the coming year is directly correlated to the amount of money you pack in your ang pows, so don’t skimp!

Enjoy your once-in-a-year family gatherings, laugh heartily, eat lots and may you be prosperous in the Year of The Goat 2015.


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