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HOW MUCH MONEY TO PUT INSIDE ANGPAOs FOR CNY, SOME SAY $2 CAN LIAO, ANOTHER SAYS $1K

A Singaporean took to an online forum on Thursday, January 25, seeking insights from fellow netizens on the appropriate amount to include in ang pow envelopes. The query specifically targeted married individuals, asking, “How much are you going to put in your ang pow? What is the current going rate now? $4?”

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Responses to this query varied widely, showcasing the diversity in practices and perspectives. From modest contributions of S$2 to more substantial amounts like S$1000, the responses reflect the individual’s discretion in determining the monetary gift.

Cultural Significance

Ang pow, or red packets, are symbolic of good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. The act of giving and receiving these envelopes is deeply ingrained in the Chinese New Year celebration. It is not just about the monetary value but also carries sentimental and symbolic weight.

While the tradition remains steadfast, the “going rate” for ang pow contributions is subject to social norms and individual circumstances. Some may base their decision on factors like the closeness of the relationship, financial capabilities, or the significance of the occasion.

Netizens’ Comments

  1. it depends.
    Rando/Relatives long long time never meet, too distant whatever – $6
    Closer relatives – $10/$20
  2. Always $2
  3. depends on your family/friends market rate..
    main objective is, to give and take equal.. dont be cheapo, also dont be a caishen..
  4. $4 for those relative that I only meet once a year $20 to those close one
  5. Doesn’t it depend on how close are you to the person you’re giving to?
  6. $1000, I don’t use red packets, I use red pouches.
  7. Can we use coupon instead of money?
  8. 500 for each parent
  9. Give CDC vouchers
    • Give e-mart credits
      • Give hell bank notes
        • Give tissue paper
        • Give empty red packet
        • Give them a high five
        • Give them a handshake
        • Give them a freshly exhaled carbon dioxide
        • Give them a stare
          • WTF is wrong with you people
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