Ang Bao Rates 2021: How Much To Give For Chinese New Year
It's time for ang bao giving—but you don't have to empty your pockets!
The annual Chinese New Year is just around the corner and for mums and dads especially, it’s time to whip out the red packets (aka Hong Bao) and frantically-stuff-your-hard-earned-money in. But really, jokes aside, giving out Hong baos is considered an important tradition in many Asian cultures and households. Your children might be familiar with this practice and would eagerly await the extra pocket money, year after year.
Well, so now you have become a hongbao giver instead of a receiver! With so many rules and customs to follow, it can be confusing especially for newlyweds who are handing out red packets for the first time ever. But don’t stress just yet, we’re here to help!
- Is there a minimum amount?
- Look at marital status, not age
It can be tricky when it comes to giving red packets to those who are older than you. But always remember, it’s about the marital status, not age.
If you are married, you are expected to give red packets to those unmarried, even if they are years beyond your own. These include your unmarried uncles and aunties, even siblings.
On the contrary, this rule does not apply to giving red packets to your own parents and/or in-laws as it is a display of filial piety, and to thank them for raising you.
Who else should/can I give?
While not necessary, husbands can opt to give their wife an ang bao to show appreciation and vice versa. The amount, however, varies, because it is well tricky and… you can’t put a price on love, right?
And for those who work tirelessly even on important occasions, such as our migrant workers, cleaners, maids and maids of relatives, you can also offer a red packet as a token of appreciation.
Parents, in-laws and grandparents
It is common practice to give higher amounts of ang baos to parents and grandparents out of respect, closeness and gratitude.
Average amount: $88 – $288
Your children / grandchildren
When giving your children ang baos, the amount varies from the individual—some parents think that giving too much would spoil the child. To each his own.
Average amount: $10 – $100
- Unmarried siblings
While some think it is unnecessary to give their older siblings ang bao, it is all about the thought, and if you are able to afford it.
Average amount: $60 – $100
Cousins, nephews and nieces
Here, it really depends on how close you are with your cousins or even nephews and nieces. While the average amount is between $10 to $30, we have witnessed some who give $50 to even the thousands.
Average amount: $10 – $30
Your friend’s children / other not-so-close people
It is considered okay to give even a $2 ang bao to your friend’s children or random kids. If you think that is too little, or if it is a matter of “saving face”, consider giving $6 onwards—avoid the $4 red packet.
Average amount: $2 – $8 (avoid $4)
Maid / public workers
While it is not necessary to send an ang bao their way, it is a nice gesture to thank them for their efforts—and could perhaps brighten your own day too!
Average amount: $6 – $10
We hope that this guide on Ang bao rates 2021 will help you better plan on CNY red packet expenses. Here at theAsianparent, we wish everyone a very prosperous Lunar New Year!
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