Big Blue Goes Red

Thoughtful giveaway by University of Michigan as part of a Lunar New Year celebration.

A red envelope, also known as “hongbao” in Mandarin or “lai see” in Cantonese, is a traditional gift given during Lunar New Year in many East Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. It typically contains money and is given as a symbol of good luck, prosperity, and blessings for the upcoming year.

The amount of money placed in a red envelope can vary depending on factors such as the relationship between the giver and recipient and regional customs. Even numbers are preferred, as odd numbers are associated with funerals.

Red envelopes are often given by married individuals or elders to younger unmarried individuals, children, or employees during Lunar New Year celebrations, weddings, or other special occasions. The act of giving and receiving red envelopes is considered a gesture of goodwill and well-wishing for the recipient’s prosperity and happiness in the new year.

This the Michigan Women’s Basketball team gave Red Envelopes out for their fans to celebrate Lunar New Year.  Interesting and thoughtful approach that also drive some understand and awareness to the culture.

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