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Should You Start Preparing Red Envelopes for Chinese New Year 2019?

As one of the most important CNY traditions, giving out red envelopes isn’t something to take lightly. Here’s everything you need to know.

Among the myriad traditions associated with Chinese New Year, few are more well-known around the world or as widely observed as the custom of giving red envelopes. For the people who have been doing it for years, of course, it probably feels like the most natural thing in the world and making preparations ahead of the holidays has pretty much become second nature. Those of you who are part of the younger generation, however, likely have more than a few questions about the practice, not the least of which is whether or not it’s something you should be doing as well.

And so to help you guys put such worries to rest and give you more time to enjoy 2019’s Chinese New Year to the fullest, today, we’ll be answering all of the most important questions you might have about the red envelope tradition. From why you should or shouldn’t be worried about them to whom you might want to give them to, we’re going to make sure you’re more than ready for the coming celebration.

It’s more than just a money-filled envelope

Like most other Chinese New Year traditions, the red envelopes, which are called hongbao in Mandarin and lai see in Cantonese, are tied to wishes of blessings and good fortune for the year ahead. In th...

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