"Spring Festival – most important customs (Part 2)" Festivals Tip by ntm2322

Festivals, Beijing: 16 reviews and 37 photos

  The handing tea ceremony
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  • The handing tea ceremony - Beijing
      The handing tea ceremony
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  • Several kinds of "lucky money" (red pockets) - Beijing
      Several kinds of "lucky money" (red pockets)
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Handing out ya1 sui4 qian2

Ya1 sui4 qian2 are also called “hong2 bao1” (red pockets) and its distribution is quite interesting.

For instance, if you are married you will receive red pockets only from your father-in-law, mother-in-law, from your parents and eventually from an elder person that is a friend of them. If you have children you may also receive some “lucky money” from you married friends (actually, the ”hong2 bao1” they will give you is for your children, not for you).

You (the married one) should however give “hong2 bao1” to your unmarried friends or to the children of your married friends.

If it happens that you are the boss, a manager, the chef, etc., you may also hand out ”hong2 bao1” to your married and unmarried subordinates (in this case the “money” you receive is meant to be for you).

Well, there are a lot of interesting things related to the Chinese New Year. If you would like to learn more, you may see my next tips.


In the first photo you can see the child paying respects to his grandmother by giving her a cup of tea. At the time he hands in the cup he also wishes his grandmother "happy new year", "good health", "good fortune", etc. His grandmother will reply by wishing him good as well and giving him at the same time a "pocket money" (lucky money).

The second photo shows various kinds of "pocket money".

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  • Written Feb 13, 2008
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