Thursday, January 27, 2011
Red Packets for Chinese New Year 2
We have the tradition of giving money in red packets (aka lai see or ang bao) to children for Chinese New Year. So, instead of presents, the kids get money. Only married folk who are older than the kids can give away the red packets. Last time, I blogged about keeping the old red packets given to your kids and reusing them for the next new year (with the money taken out of course! Hee). But I think we should also stop getting the freebie red packets that are given everytime you visit the bank or make a purchase at the shops just before Chinese New Year. I was offered free red packets at a restaurant yesterday and I politely declined. So, make your preparations for Chinese New Year a little bit greener by declining to get the red packet freebies!