Thursday, February 7, 2008
Traditionally red envelopes are given to family members and loved ones on on Chinese New Year and always contain money, usually varying from a couple of dollars to several hundred. The amount of money in the red packets should be of even numbers, as odd numbers are associated with cash given during funerals.
Since the number 4 is considered bad luck, because the word for four is a homophone for death, money in the red envelopes never adds up to $4. However, the number 8 is considered lucky (for its homophone for "wealth"), and $8 is commonly found in the red envelopes. (Thanks Wikipedia for the info)
I love my lucky number 8!!
Happy Chinese New Year!