Red Envelopes

Dear all,

How was your winter vacation? Are you prepared for the new semester and the review exams on the first day of school? I checked the girls’ blogs and was surprised/glad to find that Stephanie, Alice and Donny continued blogging, even during Chinese New Year! Read Donny’s fun-filled picture description and you’ll find “whodunnit." Alice posted an article entitled “Red Envelopes" from the Studio Classroom and told about things she and her family did on Chinese New Year’s Eve. Read Alice’s recent post to know the details of her fun activities that day and give her some feedback. Tell me what you did during the vacation and/or how you are going to spend/invest your hong bao (or lucky money)?

pict0139.jpgFor millions of youngsters, the highlight of celebrating Lunar New Year comes when their parents give them a red envelope, or hong bao. The color red symbolizes good fortune, and the Chinese characters adorning the envelope wish the children such things as prosperity,good luck and health.

Good wishes aside, the kids really get excited about the money that’s stuffed inside. Young people remain eligible to receive red envelopes until they begin working or get married, at which point they become red envelope givers. (Studio clasroom)

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