Chinese New Year is a day where families gather for their annual reunion dinner and is known as Chú Xī or “Eve of the Passing Year”. It is also known as the Spring Festival, marking the end of the winter season, or Lunar New Year because of the Chinese lunisolar calendar.
Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year in the Gregorian calendar, a date between January 21st and February 20th. This year it falls on Monday 8th February. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. The festivities begin on the day before the new year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.
I hosted a Chinese banquet in 2012 – The Year of the Dragon (which is my Chinese Zodiac sign), and we always cook Chinese food to mark the occasion, even if it isn’t as fancy as that year! You can find more Chinese New Year ideas and inspiration here.
There are several traditions and lots of symbolism associated with this holiday, which you can read more about on my blog. One of traditions is the handing out of red money envelopes, to wish the reviver, a healthy and happy new year.
The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. The amount of money contained in the envelope usually ends with an even digit, in accordance with Chinese beliefs. There is also a widespread tradition that money should not be given in fours, or the number four should not appear in the amount, such as in 40, 400 and 444, as the pronunciation of the word “four” is homophonous to the word “death”
I have created a free printable red money envelope template for you to download and make for your Chinese New Year celebrations. Print as many templates as you need, cut and fold the flaps towards the back, as shown in the image below. Fix with a little bit of glue, add some money then fold the final flap down and seal with some tape, or just slot into place.
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