According to the book “Việt Nam phong tục” (Vietnamese customs) by scholar Phan Kế Bính, after paying tributes to ancestors, descendants offer lucky money and bow twice to their grandparents and parents.
|Children receive lucky money from adults along with New Year wishes, which include good health, good academic performance, etc. — VNA/
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HÀ NỘI — Giving away lucky money is a traditional Lunar New Year (Tết) custom through which Vietnamese people exchange the best wishes with one another, hoping for a year of peace and good luck.
Lucky money giveaway is a long-standing practice that represents “mừng tuổi” or “lì xì”, literally meaning “congratulation on a new age”.
According to the book “Việt Nam phong tục” (Vietnamese customs) by scholar Phan Kế Bính (1875-1921), after worshipping ancestors, descendants offer lucky money and bow twice to their grandparents and parents. In return, the seniors also give several coins as lucky money to their children.
In the country, lucky money giveaway is a custom at the start of a lunar new year. People often put the money in a red envelope, which is meant to pray for good luck and drive away evil spirits. The practice is also intended to wish small children good growth and learning success and the elderly, longevity and good health.
Given its meaning, lucky money giveaway has long been a cultural identity of Vietnamese people once Tết arrives.