Today is Chinese New Year. A fun way to respond to someone that wishes you
"Gong Xi Fa Cai" is to politely answer "Hong Bao Na Lai"....means "Red Envelope Please"!!!!
The tradition of the Red Envelope:
The Greeting "Gong Xi Fa Cai" - literally means "May you become Rich"
The Answer: Hong Bao Na Lai means: Let me start becoming rich by getting some money from you....thus the "Red Envelope"!!!!
The colour RED: The luckiest colour in China....
The tradition: Its often the parents and grandparents that give children the Red Envelope on Chinese New Year.....lucky money or cash gift.
In China, its also known as the SPRING FESTIVAL.
Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour ornaments and paper cuts....with themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity".
Families gather for a magnificent Chinese Banquet and light firecrackers and give Red Envelopes with money.