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Red Envelope

China hóng bāo
Red Envelope

This literally means, "red treasure."

Depending on context, it can also mean, "money wrapped in red as a gift," "a bonus payment," "a kickback," or "a bribe."

However, most of the time, this is an innocent gift of money in a red envelope that is given from an elder relative to a youngster. This usually happens during Chinese New Years. It can also happen in preparation for, or during a wedding in China.

This is called a "Hong Bao" in Chinese. Filipino Chinese call it an "Ang Pao." There are a few other variations.

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Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Red Envelope 紅包
红包
hóng bāo / hong2 bao1 / hong bao / hongbao hung pao / hungpao
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