2017: The Ultimate Guide Of Ang Pow Giving [Infographic]
Next year will be my fifth year giving ang pow during the Lunar New Year. I may not be a pro at this yet, but I have a few years of experience under my belt.
If you are new to this ang pow giving business, you’ll definitely need some help to avoid any social faux pas. In my effort to “give back” to the society, I have put together a guideline on how to give ang pow this year!
Giving ang pow has long been a Chinese tradition, not just for the Lunar New Year, but even for events like weddings, birthdays and baby’s full moons (these are different stories all together). Though it is a gift and there is no obligation in the amount you are giving, we are humans, and humans tend to complicate things than it should it.
Societal pressure can put a spin on things. For me, I believe that the amounts you decide to give in your red packet should be entirely up to the giver. The amount usually varies based on the closeness of relationship, and most importantly your ability.
However, with the rising cost of living, I don’t foresee an ang pow inflation next year. In fact, the amount will likely shrink, because every ringgit you save will go a long way in today’s economy.
Regardless, have a wonderful lunar new year, giving and receiving in this Year of the Red Fire Rooster!