Lucky money is a familiar and indispensable tradition of celebrating the age of Vietnamese people in each coming New Year and spring. The word “lucky money” is derived from the Chinese word “loi thi”, “loi market” or “benefit” in Chinese. No matter what name it is called, lucky money also means lucky money, good things, good things … for children and everyone in the early spring.

According to folk custom, “lucky money” is the custom of placing money in a crimson envelope decorated with brilliant vermilion and patterns bearing auspicious signs, fortune… to give to children when celebrating their age. adult. And it is believed that the more lucky money you receive or give away, the more fortune and prosperity you will receive… With a good meaning, the custom of giving lucky money on New Year’s Day is preserved and maintained to this day. .

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Every year, on New Year’s Eve or on the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, the children and grandchildren in the family gather with their grandparents, parents, and arrange cakes and jams on the altar and light incense for their ancestors. Next, children and grandchildren in turn wish New Year and wish their grandparents and parents a long life. After that, the children and grandchildren are given lucky money by their grandparents and parents. Inside, there is money called for luck and brings joy on the first day of the new year.

The main meaning of lucky money does not lie in the amount of money to celebrate the new year, but it is important to get lucky at the beginning of the year. Giving lucky money to children on the occasion of the new year shows their concern, encouragement and wishes for their children and grandchildren to be obedient, healthy, and study well… Elderly people are given lucky money by their children and grandchildren to show their respect. respect, love, wishes for more blessings, more longevity. Therefore, lucky money makes the traditional Vietnamese New Year day more beautiful, warm and meaningful. The beauty of red envelopes is the beauty that symbolizes privacy, avoiding unhappy comparisons during Tet. For children, the joy of wearing new clothes, folding their arms to congratulate the adults and receiving red red envelopes is a true New Year.

Giving lucky money to celebrate the new year is not limited to the first day of Tet, but throughout the first three days of the new year and can last until the 9th and 10th of January.

Today’s lucky money custom is no longer encapsulated within the family, but this beauty is gradually expanding and spreading. Friends, colleagues also give lucky money to each other, superiors give lucky money to employees … with wishes for a prosperous new year, prosperity, fortune, and good luck. The giver and the receiver, everyone enjoys good fortune and the Tet atmosphere seems to be more bustling when holding a red red envelope in hand. Today, red red envelopes appear not only on New Year’s Eve but also in public celebrations, longevity celebrations, weddings… as good wishes to relatives and friends.