The Chinese New Year started recently and the celebration goes on for about a week. As with many holidays, children receive gifts. Typically, the gift given is a red envelope filled with coins/money.
These envelopes are called “hóng bāo” 红包 or red package.
hóng bāo” 红包 (‘hong’ is ‘h+awng’ with a rising tone; ‘bao’ is ‘bow’ with a high, sustained tone)
NOTE: Check out my previous post about Chinese tones for pronunciation tips.
Part of the gift is the envelope itself. I have seen beautifully adorned envelopes with buddhas, Chinese landscapes, phoenix birds, gold-embossed Chinese calligraphy, and more. Visit your local Chinese or Asian market to pick up some hóng bāo for your children during this week long celebration.
Sharing the Chinese New Year with your children is a great way to introduce Mandarin!