Chinese New Year 2018 is the Year of the Dog, and falls on February 16th. I have shared lots of Chinese New Year printables over the years, and I like to update them so that they reflect the correct Chinese Zodiac signs.
Today’s Chinese New Year printables are Red Money Envelopes which have been updated for the Year of the Dog. They are traditionally given to wish a healthy and happy new year.
Red Money Envelopes
The red colour of the envelope symbolises 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 found a fascinating article about Chinese red money envelopes, which goes into greater detail about the traditions.
We love to celebrate Chinese New Year in our household, I remember as a child going to Chinatown in London with my family and seeing the Lion Dance which always had me in complete awe, and we’d always enjoy some Chinese food too. My dad was really into Kung Fu in his younger days, so maybe that’s where it all stemmed from! You can read more about Chinese New Year on my blog here.
Updated every new year, this year the red money envelopes feature my little gold dog. There are four different designs, and as always I’ve provided both A4 and 8.5″x11″ paper sizes.
- Print as many templates as you need onto thick paper or thing card and cut out.
- Score along the lines, and fold the flaps towards the back, as shown in the image below.
- Fix with a little bit of glue or double sided tape.
- Add some money then fold the final flap down and seal with some tape, or just slot into place.
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You can also find all of my Chinese New Year Printables here.
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