Friday, April 2, 2010

Happy Year of the Tiger

The morning following Tet usually means the beginning of week, sometimes month long celebration. Going from one house to the next, snacking, chatting, catching up, gambling, and handing out red envelopes filled with money.

Traditionally young children will offer a greeting to older family members in exchange for a lucky red envelope filled with money. Vietnamese believe the more money you spend/give out will come back to you ten fold in the New Year so the more kids the better!It was strange to be on the handing out money end of this tradition, we're usually the young ones, but this year we found ourselves shoving crisp new bills into small red envelopes and offering them up to our families.

In all honesty, we already felt like the lucky ones this year.

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