HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO ME!
Traditionally, red envelopes or red packets are passed out during Chinese New Year celebrations, from married couples or the elderly to single people. Children are often the recipients of these envelopes as well. The red envelopes almost always contain money. The red envelope and $ you see above is my packet from UnScurvyGirl (married and my elder- wink wink), a fun surprise following dinner last weekend.
Let us not forget that this is the year of the TIGER. Hello Kitty...How adorable, appropriate, and ridiculously thoughtful is this?!? (Note: If you don't already know the answer, don't bother commenting.)
Chinese New Year and the red envelope tradition are all about luck. When I left UnScurvyGirl's house Saturday night, I made a point of leaving her with some fortune cookies to enjoy over the next several days. Sure enough, she sent me these picture texts:
Not one, but two actual fortunes!
Thanks to all of my friends who made this Chinese New Year special. I look forward to celebrating the next Lunar New Year (and all the holidays that come before it) with you.