The origin and meaning of lucky money

(All Vietnam) – Giving lucky money on Tet holiday is a custom which has existed in Vietnam for a long time and Vietnamese people always preserve this custom as a nice tradition, which becomes a part of Tet’s flavor.

Tet only appears with the presence of green Chung cakes, red watermelons and lovely lucky money envelopes. Nobody knows when it existed and no document has shown exactly when it went into my country. However, Vietnamese people always preserve this custom as a nice tradition, which becomes a part of Tet’s flavor.

Giving lucky money. (photo: vntour.com.vn)

Giving lucky money
(Photo: vntour.com.vn)

The story of lucky money

It’s said that lucky money originated in China. According to legend, there is a demon appearing at New Year’s Eve night and enjoying rub the children’s head, which makes them burst into tears. Next day, they have to suffer headache or high fever, which makes their parents worried.

Lucky money story. (photo: pda.vietbao.vn)

Lucky money story
(Photo: pda.vietbao.vn)

There is a 50-year-old couple giving birth a son. That New Year are there 8 fairies visiting their house. Knowing the trouble to the boy, they immediately turn into 8 coins and stand by the boy all day. At mid-night, the demon appears with the aim of robbing his head, but when seeing the bright coins beside the boy, the demon terrifies and escapes after that.

Lucky money story. (photo: pda.vietbao.vn)

Lucky money story
(Photo: pda.vietbao.vn)

The couple are very happy and tell the story to everyone. They think that the money can help to drive out the demon and keep the children’s health. So every New Year, people give the children red envelope called “lucky money”. Little by little, it became one traditional custom.

 The meaning of giving lucky money on New Year Eve

Giving lucky money on New Year Eve is a nice Vietnamese traditional custom and other countries in area, with the hope of the luck during that year. Lucky money is not limited on the first day of Tet. Moreover, it lasts during 3 first days, even in 9th or 10th day of Tet. The envelope also brings a lot of best things. It usually has red colour. To Asian, red color is the common colour in festivals. Besides, it also symbols for good fortune so everyone likes receiving lucky money.

Lucky money envelope. (photo: forum.matngu12chomsao.com)

Lucky money envelope
(Photo: forum.matngu12chomsao.com)

Lucky money envelope. (photo: vlhanoi.com)

Lucky money envelope
(Photo: vlhanoi.com)

According to the custom, every first day of New Year, the children in turns wish everyone a Happy New Year, wish the older people a long life. After that, they receive lucky money from their parents and grandparents to hope the luck during the year. Or the younger people give lucky money to the older people. It’s also a nice traditional custom.

Lucky money in Tet holiday. (photo: kenh14.vn)

Lucky money in Tet holiday
(Photo: kenh14.vn)



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