Hong Bao -- Red Envelopes lucky money Making some 红包 hong bao -- literally red packets -- is a very authentic and easy craft for celebrating Chinese New Year. At the Spring Festival, adults give children these red envelopes with gifts of cash tucked inside!In English, they are sometimes also called lucky money. Make sure to use a lot of red. Gold or yellow is also popular on hong bao. Make your own!!
- Hong Bao Template A PDF envelope template from Scholastic. http://www.teacher.scholastic.com/LessonPlans/pdf/dec05_unit/money.pdf
- Feng Shui Web (If you are opposed to Feng Shui, choose another of the links here.) This site has a lengthy explanation and two hong bao printables in full color. Activity Village http://www.fengshuiweb.co.uk/advice/angpow.htm This envelope template is small -- a square shape.
- Chinese Red Envelope http://www.billybear4kids.com/holidays/ChineseNewYear/RedEnvelopes.shtml Print, cut, glue, and go. This is a really cute full color envelope featuring a panda theme. This is the one my children made this year, really easy and cute!
How much goes into the envolope?
- It will depend. Usually the older the children are, the more money they will get. For a child of five years old, 2 dollars will be fine. The amount contained has to be in even numbers.