The red envelope

The red envelope

The red envelope

A beautiful Chinese tradition
Where grandparents
Give grandchildren
A red envelope
At the begin
of a new year

The money inside
anchors the year
In health and wealth
And all love it

The cheers
The crackers
The fire works

Happy New year
And Spring Festival
To all our Chinese readers





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14 Thoughts to “The red envelope”

  1. JJ

    You have a good way of saying so much in so few words. I like this red envelope and took a peek at what else you have on the website. I like the general way of expression in a few words in all of them especially Happy, Mystical path, and Seed of life. Thank you for sharing

    1. Mlaure

      Thank you for liking and telling me.
      Have a happy day

  2. joshua collins

    Being someone from the UK I am not aware to many of the Chinese traditions that they have out there. Its interesting to learn about the red envelope and that it is a gift passed on to your grandchildren. I find that fascinating.

    It sounds very similar to birthdays here where grandparents put some cash in to celebrate a new year for there grandchildren.

    Thanks for sharing this tradition,


    1. Mlaure

      It is awesome indeed.

      In my country grandchildren read a letter with best wishes.
      And they receive a gift in return as well


  3. Jake

    Hi, I’ve never heard of this beautiful Chinese tradition before. I think red definitely has some resemblance to money and riches. In particular burgundy. start the year off the way that it should be. Remind children especially when they’re young, that they are blessed. And to appreciate the blessings. And to be motivated towards the right things. Because money is important, and people should have a good relationship. That is smart that they teach that to their kids in that culture.

    1. Mlaure

      Yes Jake…


  4. Feji ben

    hello there, the hanks for this awesome article it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.the read colour signifies a lot of things and apart from Christmas and Valentina day the most important thing it signifies is love and a red envelope would mean a lot to a lady

    1. Mlaure

      It sure would.

      Thank you for sharing

  5. RazvanIlie

    Thanks a lot for such an amazing review about The Red Envelope and explanation are given.

    I have a Chinese friend who told me about The Red Envelope and I found it very interesting so I decided to look for more information on the internet. I have read many articles but this is the best I have found. I find Chinese traditions very interesting.

    Thanks again for this post. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

    1. Mlaure

      Good luck!

      And happy new year to your Chinese friends!

  6. Miki Wong

    Hi there, you remind me of the time when I childhood, I was so excited whenever I got the Angpao from my parents and relatives. I have been study overseas and did’t really got a chance to celebrate Chinese New Year with them for a while. Thank you for writing this poem and happy CNY to you too!

    1. Mlaure

      So glad you liked it!
      i was silently hoping that one of my readers would be Chinese

      So, thank you for sharing this beautiful memory with all of us.

      Have a blessed and happy new year

  7. Enrique

    Hi, Mlaure,

    What a beautiful poem! I love reading poems and short stories. They can be simple but revealing at the same time.

    Your poem made me remember my grandmother who passed away about 7 years ago. I cherish my memories with her, her stories, her presents, everything.

    I’m glad I bumped into your site. I will bookmark it for future reference.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Mlaure

      Memories to be cherished indeed!

      Those Who passed away and showed so much kindness to us…

      Thank you Enrique


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