YOUR GUIDE TO CHINESE NEW YEAR GIFTING
Gift giving and receiving is a huge part of Chinese culture and a symbol of respect, appreciation, love, friendship and hospitality. It is instrumental in the building of interpersonal relationships be they friendship, family or business.
Before choosing a gift for someone who celebrates Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year), there are a few factors to consider. Is your friend traditional? How close you are? Is your relationship formal or casual?
Even when considering more modern and contemporary gift options there are still fundamental traditional aspects that should be incorporated.
THE RIGHT COLOURS
The best choices are red, yellow and gold as they all symbolize wealth and prosperity.
BEGIN WITH THE ELDEST
Always start by presenting a gift to the oldest (or most senior) member if giving money or gifts to a large group or whole family.
USE TWO HANDS
When giving or receiving a gift always use two hands. This is a custom traditionally extended to the giving of things like money (when buying something) and business cards. It is an important part of gift-giving etiquette across the country as it shows respect and appreciation towards the act and the giver.
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