In Chinese and other Asian societies, a red envelope or red packet is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions.
It is known as hóngbāo in Mandarin, angbao in Taiwanese, angpau in Min Nan, lai see (利是) in Cantonese, lì xì in Vietnamese and sae bae don (세뱃돈) in Korean.
During the Lunar New Year, red envelopes are typically given by the married to the unmarried, most of whom are children. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits.
From Wikipedia, learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_packet
In Hong Kong, Swarovski has had several designs of red envoelopes in the past few years. Only few pieces of Swarovski rhinestones can make these envelopes look beautiful and sparkling.
This year, it has a Chinese knotting.
Chinese knotting (Chinese: 中國結; pinyin: Zhōngguó jié) is a decorative handicraft art that began as a form of Chinese folk art in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China.
From Wikipedia, learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_knotting
Lunar New Year is coming soon,
Wish you luck in the Year of Snake!
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