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Why should spring festival pay lucky money? The origin of new year's money

During the Spring Festival, the elders should distribute the money prepared in advance to the younger generation. In China, why does spring festival pay for new year's Eve? What is the origin of new year's eve money?

Why should spring festival give lucky money?

New year's money, also known as "money to pledge the year" and "money to keep the year", is one of the festival objects of the year.

The original intention of new year's money is to suppress evil and drive away evil spirits. People think that children are vulnerable to sneaky infringement, so they use new year's money to overcome evil spirits, help children celebrate the new year safely, and wish children good health and good luck in the new year.

However, the earliest 'money' of new year's money is not the currency in circulation on the market, but the lucky or evil avoiding products specially made into coins, which is the talisman worn by children. Because of the homophony of "Yu" and "Sui", the new year's money has the magic effect of "disgusting and surreptitious".

Since the Song Dynasty, people have used real currency as new year's money, which was widely popular in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the elders strung up the copper coins with red thread and gave them directly to the younger generation after having the new year's Eve dinner, or put them at the foot of the bed or beside the pillow after the younger generation slept.

If the sleepy child has fallen asleep, the elder should keep one and press it under his pillow. The next morning, the child got up and turned over from under the pillow, a surprise. After using banknotes, parents prefer to use new banknotes connected by numbers, because "couplets" and "lians" are homophonic, which bodes for future generations to "make money in succession" and "lianliangao students". And red paper wrapped banknotes, this new year's money is called 'lucky red bag', new year's money is not only used, but also related to new year's plate, new year's fruit, etc.

The amount of new year's money varies, but it can bring the joy of independent consumption to children. In recent years, with the improvement of living standards, the amount of new year's money is increasing day by day. Generally speaking, depending on the economic situation of the family, there are tens or hundreds of thousands less. On the one hand, it brings happiness to children, but at the same time, it has a great negative impact. There are more and more new year's money. Children can't rationally control such a large amount of money. How should they make rational use of it?

Some young people blindly pursue the amount of money and compare with each other. If the management of new year's money is improper, it may cause bad social consequences.

In a word, regardless of the form of new year's money, new year's money is not only a celebration of new year's day, but also the power of elders to protect the younger generation. To this day, people still keep the tradition of giving lucky money.

The legend of lucky money.

There is a very popular story about lucky money. In ancient times, there was a small demon called "Sui". On the eve of the lunar new year, he came out to touch the head of the sleeping child with his hand. The child often cried out in fear, then had a headache and fever, and became a fool. Therefore, every family is sitting with a light on this day, which is called "guarding". There is a husband and wife who are old and have children, and they are regarded as sweethearts. On the eve of the new year's Eve, they were afraid of harming their children, so they took out eight pieces of copper money to play with the children. They were tired and fell asleep. They wrapped eight pieces of copper money in red paper and put them under the child's pillow. The couple dared not close their eyes. In the middle of the night, a dark wind blew open the door and put out the lights. The next day, the husband and wife told everyone about how to pack eight copper coins in red paper to scare them away. Later, when everyone learned to do it, the child would be safe. It turns out that the eight copper coins were changed by the eight immortals and were secretly used to protect the children. Because of the homophony of "Yu" and "Sui", it gradually evolved into "New Year's money". In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the dragon shaped coins were woven with colorful ropes and coins, which were called lucky money. The money given to children by elders is also called lucky money. So some places call it "string money". In modern times, it evolved into a red paper package of 100 Wen copper money to give to the younger generation, which means a long life '. Put a silver dollar in the adult's red paper bag, which means "all profits". After the currency was changed to paper money, the elders like to go to the bank to exchange the new banknotes connected with the face number for the children, and wish the children keep rising.  

New year's money has become a traditional custom of Spring Festival, but parents should not give their children too much money. In addition, parents should teach their children how to manage and use their own money.