Lunar New Year, on February 1 this year, is drawing closer. Chinese people around the world are preparing to celebrate this joyous occasion.

One way Chinese people like to celebrate the 15-day Lunar New Year festivities is by distributing red envelopes, or 红包 (hóng bāo).

Red envelopes are traditional gifts given mainly to children or elderly people. These envelopes contain money. But more important is the message behind the envelope. 

Red envelopes are used to wish good luck to the recipient. Though they are usually given during Lunar New Year, they are also now being given out during other special occasions like Christmas or weddings.



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Chris Jiang

Chris is a student attending the College of William & Mary studying public policy and public health. He hopes to share the joys of Chinese culture with the rest of the world.