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The amount given in red envelopes never includes the number 4 - that means no 4, 40, or 400 amounts - as the pronunciation of four in chinese sounds like the word for death. However, amounts including the number 8 will bring good luck and prosperity. Chinese good luck symbols take many forms, such as chinese characters, statues of dragons, golden cats and red envelopes. These good luck symbols can also be used with specific elements as cures and enhancers for various feng shui applications. Jul 20, 2013 - red to symbolize good luck chinese money envelopes. The red asian money envelopes are red, which is supposed to ward off evil spirits and provide good luck. Each red envelope measures three and a half inches wide by six and a half inches tall. Students investigate why the color red signifies good luck or fortune in asian cultures. Are there any colors in the students cultures that have significant meaning? In the united states, the custom for celebrations such as birthdays is to send greeting cards. traditionally, the elderly and married couples give out red envelopes to children and young, unmarried adults. According to nan nan liu of the northwest asian weekly, the practice of giving money as a gift originated in the 1600s during the qing dynasty when elders gave children coins tied together by a red thread for new years. During chinese new year, red envelopes are typically given by the married to children and the unmarried. Chinese people love the color red, and regard red as the symbol of energy, happiness and good luck. Sending red envelopes is a way to send good wishes and luck (as well as money). Actually, the significance of red envelopes is the red paper, not the money inside.