利事 (Red Pockets)

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利事, pronounced “Lai See”, are red pockets filled with money given to children (young or old) on Chinese New Years as a sign of good luck/fortune for the coming year.  Aside from the New Year, they are also given out on weddings, birthdays, and when one starts a new job for the same purposes.  You can find more detailed information about the red pockets on Google.

It is essentially my favourite part of Chinese New Years because of the extra change I get ^^  One can usually expect to find paper currency in red pockets because it is a note of a higher denomination.  Families don’t want to look “cheap” by handing out red pockets with coins in them because coins can easily be identified and denotes a low denomination.  However, many families give out red pockets with the lowest paper denomination possible to childrens who are not close to them.  So if you lived in the states, you can expect LOADS of George Washington in your red pockets ^^;

I received 7 red pockets this year, and one of them is from Hong Kong so I expect some HKD in it.  I know how much is it them, and don’t care much about it since it’s the thought that counts.

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