Monday, January 31, 2011

Chinese New Year 2011 - Ang Pows (Red Packets)

In a few days time, it will be Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the chinese. Chinese New Year will start on the 1st day of the 1st chinese lunar month and last till the 15th day of the 1st chinese lunar month. This year the 1st day of 1st chinese lunar month falls on 3rd February 2011.

On this day, those who are married will give ang pows or red packets which contained some money inside. I have collected some red packets from the banks and some are given to me by my friends. It is best to have ang pows with different designs so we can differentiate the different amount of money we put inside the packets.

The amount of money or gifts will be more if you are closer to the giver. Amount of gifts can amount to few hundreds for parents or senior family members while the younger gets around $8 or $12 or more. The minimum amount depending on how generous one can be.

As hubby is cantonese, I have to give two red packets to each person (i.e. $8 x 2 or $12 x 2). Two packets represents husband and wife. Every year giving out ang pows could easily costs us a few hundred dollars not including gifts of ang pows to parents. As hubby and me have no generation above us anymore, we are considered the elders in our family. (Now I sound so old...lol)

It is also important to change new notes to put inside the ang pows. Will be embrassing to give old notes.
Now let's get ready to welcome the Year of the Rabbit.

10 comments:

Ann said...

looks very new style with pictures.

turbinemanlog said...

Gong Xi Fa Chai!
to you and your family.

ET said...

Hai Alice,

I love your ang pow collection. Do you think is possible to get the extra ang pow packet from you?? I am from KL and love to collect ang pow packet. The only way for me to get singapore ang pow is through exchanging and asking from blogger. Awaiting good news from you.

alicesg said...

Hi ET, I dont know which angpow design you want. If you want a piece I can post by mail to you but if you want the whole stack, I dont have enough cause I use up quite a number during Chinese New Year.

ET said...

Hai Alice, Can I have 1 or 2 pieces each design you still have. Even past years design I don't mind too. my email address is : natylime@hotmail.com

ET said...

Hai Alice

Can I have one or 2 pieces from whatever you have?? Even past years ang pow I don't mind too!! :-) My email address is natylime@hotmail.com

Wenya said...

I really like your ang pow collection. Do you think is possible to get the extra ang pow packet from you?? I am ang pow collector from sarawak. We also can have an exchange. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

alicesg said...

Hi Wenya, Thanks for the interest. I only give to the first person who ask cause I have almost run out of the ang pows with cute designs. Maybe next year, if I have collect new designs, I will conduct a giveaway, so look out for them next year.

Wenya said...

Ok...Thank you...If you still got the extra please email me to wenyaeng@gmail.com / wenya_eng@yahoo.com...

Wenya said...

Ok... Thank you...Hope to have some of the Singapore ang pow packet from you next year.This is my email address wenyaeng@gmail.com / wenya_eng@yahoo.com..