At Lunar New Year, it’s tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope (known as 紅包, hóngbāo) to your friends and family. But not just any old envelope. These are filled with money - and symbolize good wishes and luck for the new year ahead.
The importance of the hóngbāo isn’t the cash held inside; it’s actually the envelope itself.
The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in Chinese (and other East Asian) cultures.
Last Friday at school we were very happy to receive our Red Envelopes
Remember, those who receive a red envelope are wished another safe and peaceful year.