Chinese New Year celebration is just a day away. Today is the eve’s of Chinese New Year and all (nearly) are busy getting ready for tonight’s reunion dinner. Some have already started theirs prayers before the afternoon. Most of the Chinese shops or restaurants (especially those run by Chinese or Chinese families) will be close today or if even open, they will only open till noon time.
Today, I will just share with you some thing about the Chinese New Year’s Red Envelope or red packet which they called Ang Pow (which is Hokkien) or Hong Pow (in mandarin). In Asian societies, this red packet signifies a monetary gift especially in festive seasons like Chinese New Year and other special occasion such as a Chinese wedding.The red colour of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
Below are some of the red packets that I have collected over the past years.
All sorts of red packets…… which banks, shops that will give out to their customers where they will put their logo on it.
These are the ones from the year of the dragon. Guess these are useful for the Year of the Dragon. Have to wait for next cycle to come; 10 years. =P
These ones are from the beauty center which they give out to their customers.
… and this years one; Year of the Horse with picture of the horse or ‘ma’ in mandarin on the red packets.
Anyway, will be getting busy soon…. stay tune for the Chinese New Year celebration!!!!