at CNY, family, extended and immediate, give the children red envelopes, with cash and sometimes candy.I once received a red envelope from some Chinese family friends. I never knew it was the thing to do. I didn’t make a speech either. It did have money in it though, and I still have the red envelope.
My kid rakes in a ton of loot from the family especially china family since we only visit every few years.
Kids have a whole speech they say before getting red envelopes, which essentially says I hope you gave me a lot, and i cant wait, happy new year
if you didnt know, my other half is from shanghai