Our timelines and newsfeeds are once again filled with greetings like “Xīn nián kuài lè”, “Gong xi fa cai”, or the most popular “Kung Hei Fat Choi”. Well, it only means one thing – it’s Chinese New Year!
Aside from the color red, tikoys, and dancing dragons, what comes to mind when we’re celebrating Chinese New Year is the traditional gift-giving viewed in the Chinese culture as passing of wealth, fortune, and all other life’s blessings.
So to help you with your last minute Chinese New Year shopping, we listed down 5 lucky things that you can give to your friends, relatives, or loved ones!
1. Oranges and Tangerines
According to some readings, Mandarin oranges are known as “kam” in Cantonese, which also means *gold*, while in Mandarin, they are called “juzi”, which sounds like “ji” which means *luck*. Cool, right? And here we are thinking that round objects are just cool and lucky every year!
2. Red Envelopes with Money
We, Pinoys, thought this was just a regular thing that we do during special holidays like Christmas and New Year. However, in Chinese culture, it is lucky for families to give red envelopes with money to kids as a symbol of transferring fortune from elders to the younger generations.
According to a Chinese legend, firecrackers symbolize victory, hope, and strength as it was used before to defeat a monster named Nian.
4. Tea Set
Chinese culture values health and longevity. So if you’re thinking of buying gifts, especially to older people like your Lolo or Lola, it’s better to give them this!
In Chinese culture, there are special alcohol sets that can only be opened during New Year’s eve. But in a way, using alcohol as gifts has long been inculcated in their tradition so you can never go wrong with a bottle (or bottles) of alcohol as gift today!
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Gong xi fa cai, shopping buddies!