Lunar New Year is just around the corner, with celebrations kicking off on 25 January. Gift-giving is an important part of the annual event, with presents exchanged between family, friends and partners. But, there are some rules to take note of, as well as certain gifts that are especially appropriate at this time of year. We’ve put together a guide to giving gifts during Lunar New Year, with a few present suggestions that are sure to impress.
Try to buy gifts – or at least wrap them – in red, yellow or gold, as these symbolise wealth and prosperity. Even numbers (with the exception of the number four) are good things to include in your gift somehow – especially the number eight, which is considered lucky. Consider a set that includes eight items, or perhaps eight smaller gifts. Also, offering a gift to family and friends back home that has an Australian twist is a particularly nice touch.
Don’t give gifts (or wrapping) that are blue, black or white – these colours are often used at funerals. The number four should also be avoided, as the pronunciation of ‘four’ is very close to ‘death’. There are a few gifts that should never be given due to the various things they symbolise.
There are a few important rules when it comes to giving and receiving gifts.