The envelopes are coloured red as it symbolises energy, happiness, and good luck. The amount inside is usually an even number, but never anything with the number 4 – in Chinese, the number 4 sounds very similar to the word for death.
The red envelopes are not just there for celebration. They’re also symbolic investments into the recipient’s future. This tradition is a good opportunity to explain to your kids the importance of saving some of the money they get from relatives. Through this tradition, kids can start to understand that saving money today can help them build a better fortune tomorrow, aligning with the spirit of the Lunar New Year.
Well there we have it, from the symbolic red envelopes to the tradition of goal-setting, there are plenty of money related lessons that can be taken from the Lunar New Year for kids. Have a think about the lessons that you can extend beyond the festive season, so that your kids can top up their money related skills throughout the rest of the year. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Lunar New Year.