For those not aware, it’s year of the Dog ya’ll. Chinese New Year papa. My family isn’t Chinese. Although I’m 1/2 filipino, I hardly think that counts.
Approximately 3.8 million people in the U.S. are of Chinese ancestry. Here in Panama, roughly 6% of the population are Chinese as taken from the census in 2010. This is apparent in local culture and can be heard through the fireworks, tasted through the cuisine and shared through local markets.
This gives us the perfect reasoning here at home to hand out red envelopes in honor of this lunar holiday!
“Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or holidays such as Chinese New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is a symbol to ward off evil spirits. Red envelopes are usually given out by married couples to single people, regardless of age, or by older to younger ones during holidays and festivals.
If you don’t have access to these in your area here’s a nice site DIY that you use Chinese Good Fortune Envelope.
Chinese New Year Story can also be read (decide whats right for your family) for fun.
My advice- mark this on the calendar and let this be a tradition your family participates in.