8 Things You Should Know About The Lucky Red Envelope

At lunar New Year its tradition to give the gift of a bright, beautiful red envelope (known as hongbao) to your friends and family. But not just any old envelope. These are filled with money – and symbolize good wishes and luck for the year ahead.

The importance of the hongbao isn’t the cash held inside; it’s actually the envelope itself. The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity in Chinese (and other East Asian cultures.)

Here are 8 facts you should know about the historic red envelope ….

By Ted Thai, Google Arts and Culture

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