A LaiSee

Relationship: Im/migrant

The red envelope, known in Cantonese as "LaiSee", is a gift with money. This is the last LaiSee my mom gave to me.
The money figures in LaiSee are usually lucky Numbers, such as multiples of 2 ,6, 8, 9 and10. It means good luck.  Giving LaiSee is a traditional Chinese custom. LaiSee is used in all kinds of festive occasions, such as Spring Festival, weddings, birthdays, etc. In Spring Festival and the birthday, the people who send LaiSee are usually married people, and the recipients are minors and some unmarried people. Of course, some parents also send LaiSee to their married children, wishing them happiness and health. On other joyous occasions, any adult can use LaiSee to express his blessing. 
Every Spring Festival and my birthday, my mother never forgot to give me a LaiSee, I kept these LaiSee for a year until another New Year came. These LaiSee are not only a great gift for me to be healthy and happy, but also my mom's heart, which accompanied me when I grew up and accompanied me to live in the United States.
Mom, I miss you! 

Place(s): China, New York

– Wendy

Relationship:  Im/migrant Im/migrant