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What is a traditional gift during the Lunar New Year?
A traditional gift during the Lunar New Year is red envelopes (hóngbāo) containing money. These are given as a symbol of good luck and prosperity. Compartés offers a modern twist on traditional gifts with their special Lunar New Year chocolates. Our luxurious and festive packaging, which often features red and gold elements symbolic of good fortune and happiness, makes our chocolates a suitable contemporary gift option for this occasion. You can explore our range of Lunar New Year chocolates for the perfect gift idea on our website
What not to give for Lunar New Year?
For the Lunar New Year, it's important to avoid certain gifts that can be seen as bad luck or carry negative connotations. These include items like sharp objects (which symbolize cutting ties), clocks (associated with death), handkerchiefs (seen as a symbol of saying goodbye), and anything in sets of four (as the number four is associated with death).
Instead, Compartés offers a range of chocolates that are suitable and positively received for the Lunar New Year. These chocolates, especially those in red and gold packaging, are a great alternative to traditional gifts and avoid any cultural taboos associated with Lunar New Year gift-giving.
What do you bring to a Lunar New Year party?
When attending a Lunar New Year party, it's common to bring gifts that symbolize prosperity, good luck, and happiness. Traditional choices include:
- Red envelopes (hóngbāo) containing money.
- Fruits, especially oranges and tangerines, which symbolize wealth and good fortune.
- Sweets and cakes, which represent a sweet and prosperous life.
- Tea, symbolizing respect and good health.
- Alcoholic beverages like wine or Baijiu for toasting to the new year.
These gifts are chosen for their auspicious meanings and are a way of sharing good wishes with friends and family during the celebration.
What is the Chinese tradition of gift-giving?
The Chinese tradition of gift-giving is deeply rooted in conveying respect, goodwill, and building relationships. Gifts are often presented during holidays like Chinese New Year, weddings, and birthdays. The choice of gift, its wrapping, and the manner of giving are significant. Red, symbolizing good luck and prosperity, is a preferred color for gift packaging. Gifts are given and received with both hands to show respect.
It's important to consider cultural taboos and preferences; for instance, clocks or sharp objects are avoided as they have negative connotations. This tradition reflects the values of honor, respect, and the importance of relationships in Asian culture.