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Chinese Culture-Terminology and Symbolism
Flowers: Flowers are an important part of the New year decorations. In old China, much use was made of natural products in celebrations as well as in daily life. The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus
Lai-See Envelopes: (Also called Hong-Bao) Money is placed in these envelopes and given to children and young adults at New Year’s time, much in the spirit as Christmas presents. Presents are also often exchanged between families.
Dec 13, 2008 3:53 PM
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Lucky Character: The single word " FOOK ", or fortune, is often displayed in many homes and stores. They are usually written by brush on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper.
Plum Blossoms: stand for courage and hope. The blossoms burst forth at the end of winter on a seemingly lifeless branch. In Chinese art, plum blossoms are associated with the entire season of winter and not just the New Year.
December 14, 2008
The national flower of China is peony,isn't it 
Lai-See Envelopes?
hehe i have never heard it 
We just receive extra pocket money from parents and other elders we call it ya sui qian in Chinese
Elders will give children and unmarried adults the "ya sui qian "or "hong bao " when you visit them to bringing them best wishes
There is a little  different in difference places
In most places ,not only do they receive extra pocket money from parents,they may also receive many red envelopes ,Lai-See envelopes,called "hong bao' from elders.Inside there red envelopes are little amounts of money,with the intention of wishing them well. The "hong bao " or "ya sui qian " expresses good luck,growth and improvement.

Thanks for your sharing 
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December 14, 2008
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