Let’s start the year of the Dog with Lai See:
Lunar New Year is approaching; It may be your first Chinese New Year holiday in Hong Kong. There are some Chinese traditions such as giving out “Lai See”, blessing with “Kung Hei Fat Choi” during this festival. Here are some tips, hope you find them useful:
Lai See, sometimes called Red Pocket Money, will be given out within the first fifteen days of the Chinese New Year, that is from 16th Feb to 2nd Mar. Giving out “Lai See” symbolizes bringing back good luck and fortune.
Usually, those who are married will give out “Lai See” to those unmarried regardless of the age, sometimes, the elderly may give them to her/his younger generations. At work, boss will give out “Lai See” to all his/her staff on the first working day, to wish them a good start of the coming year! You can give “Lai See” to your subordinates no matter she/ he is married. If you were new to your organization, you might not know who is married. By observing your Chinese colleagues’ practice, you can get the clues. Certainly, if you render “Lai See” to doormen and waiters in the restaurant you always visit, they will serve you better.
The values of the “Lai See” are usually ranging from HK$20 to 100 of brand new banknotes but you can put as much as you want. The amount signifies the relationship between you and the receiver. The banks in Hong Kong have already started to issue new banknotes. Please go to the nearest branch you always make transaction. They are happy to exchange new banknotes for you.
Be generous to give Lai See since as many Lai See you give as much fortune you can receive in the coming year!
We wish you all the best in the Year of Dog!