Maurice and Claire were asking if they will be getting their red packets with money? As they do not speak cantonese which is my mother tongue and I make it an effort to teach them this phrase "Kong Hei Fatt Choy" which means " Wishing you a Prosperous New Year". They need to greet me with this phrase before they get their red packets and I always chuckled when they say it as their dutch accent is so strong on this cantonese phrase! The tradition of giving this red envelope was practised as it was believed that the money in the red packet will suppress the evil from the children, keep the children healthy, and long living.
Each year in the Chinese calendar is represented by one of the 12 animals of the chinese zodiac. Do you know which zodiac year do you belong to? You could use this tool to check it out.
Have you checked out the Chinese New Year Blog Hop organised by Emily - Art from the Heart? During this hop, you will be able to get some free digis and I have chosen two to create the red packets for the children.
I have chosen cherry blossoms to make the envelope and the insert I used the snake. The sentiment "the year of the snake 2013" is a computer generated. Red is an auspicious colour in the chinese tradition.
Added stickles to the red lanterns
I know it is a long mail today and thank you for your patience. Have a lovely weekend!