Post # 1
My fiance is half chinese and it’s going to be part of our theme for our wedding(Chinese lanterns, etc.). We have purchased lucky money envelopes for favours and I’ve determined how much money to put in each but I heard from someone in Chinatown that there are other things you can put in them. Is there a certain kind of candy, a certain colored object, etc. that I can put in along with the money? Thanks!
Post # 3
@vanessarosekee: I’ve never heard of putting anything other than money inside of a red envelope. I would advise against it, unless other Chinese Bees say otherwise.
You might already know this, but if you do decide to put money inside of the envelopes, make sure it’s an even number. The number four is unlucky (symbolizes death) and the number eight is lucky (symbolizes good fortune).
Post # 4
I’ve never heard of this either. (For the record, I’m Vietnamese but our cultures are similar.) If you wanted to go with Chinese candy/treats as favors, I would just wrap them in red cellophane. The first candy that I thought of is the white rabbit creamy candy.
Post # 5
@mnp: Yum! I love that stuff. Great idea!
Post # 6
Yeah, i agree with those who have responded to your question. Although I have heard of people placing favors in them but that is a western version. I wouldn’t put anything but money in there. I like the red cellophane idea a lot.
Post # 7
Red Envelope is usually for money. Now and then people would put a piece of paper of fortune in it. Putting random stuff in it is a western idea. Cantonese chinese tradition is usually given in two red envelopes. Recently I learned wenzhouese chinese gives one envelope.
Post # 8
How about the red Garden brand strawberry candies? I think I have gotten those in the red envelopes before, but during Chinese New Year.. Just make sure you don’t put coins in it, I think they do that for funerals (along with a piece of candy, and both have to be consumed/spent before you go home)…..
Or, how about some tea bags or something? I agree that red envelopes are usually for money, but depending on how traditional the Chinese side the family is, most people won’t mind whatever trinkets come in a red envelope..