Gong 09 New Year red envelope

Gong 09 New Year red envelope - Stone Chen 78 Retired...

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Stone Chen, 78 Retired Mechanical Engineer, Chinese Languages: English, Chinese Torrance, CA 4/19/08 Chinese New Year – Red Envelopes For Chinese New Year, it is traditional that the elder members of the family, such as the aunts, uncles, and grandparents, give all the children in the family a gift. This is most often given in a small red envelope, with a measure of money inside. The envelope is small, maybe about three by five inches in size. It is usually heavily embossed, with intricate gold artwork. Traditional Chinese characters are often used, such as those for good luck, happiness, joy, or other such pleasant things. Beasts which are favorably looked upon by the Chinese people, such as dragons, tigers, or phoenixes also occasionally adorn these envelopes. I collected this piece of folklore from my maternal grandfather. Like the last piece of folklore he explained to me, he told me he did not know who or from where this originated. He stated that it is very widespread in China, having probably originated very long ago from that
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2008 for the course ARLT 100 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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