What are Red Packets
During Chinese new year as a kid I would go to each of my parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and close family friends during Chinese new year greeting them with
“Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái, Hóng Bāo Ná Lái”
Which roughly meant
“Best wishes for the New Year, may I have my red packet please”?
it sounds a bit cheeky asking for money but this is excepted in Chinese culture and is seen as a traditional greeting.
The red packet or “Hong Bao” is traditionally given to children by parents, grandparents or by married people to single young adult.