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✶恭喜發財!紅包拿來 Spreading Good Fortune with Red Envelopes

Spreading Good Fortune with Red Envelopes
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  Around the Lunar New Year holidays, it is common in Chinese culture for people to give money in red envelopes as gifts. These gifts represent sharing prosperity and good fortune with one’s family.

  The act of giving red envelopes started in ancient China. The practice is actually two separate cultural traditions combined over time. The first involves the importance of the color red, while the second relates to giving money to keep evil spirits away.

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 There is an old myth about a monster called “Nian” that would appear every year and attack villages. Later, villagers discovered the monster feared the color red and loud noises. After that, red couplets, clothing, and firecrackers became important parts of the Lunar New Year.

  The tradition of giving money is related to the legend of “Sui,” another mythical monster that would scare children during their sleep. One night, a couple gave their son some coins to play with to keep him awake. When the child fell asleep and Sui appeared, the coins burst with bright lights and scared the monster away. Eventually, people began giving coins tied together with red string. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that this traditional gift was replaced by paper money put inside red envelopes.

 

單字片語整理

Words in Use
scare
[skɛr]
vt. & vi. (使)驚恐
n. 驚恐
involve
[ɪnˋvɑlv]
vt. 使涉入;包含,需要
burst
[bɝst]
vt. & vi. (使)爆破 / 炸
n. 爆破 / 炸,噴;(感情)爆發
myth
[mɪθ]
n. 神話;迷思,錯誤的想法
eventually
[ɪˋvɛntʃʊəlɪ]
adv. 終究,到頭來
legend
[ˋlɛdʒənd]
n. 傳說
separate
[ˋsɛpərət]
adj. 分開的、不同的、各自的
awake
[əˋwek]
vi. 醒來
a. 清醒的
monster
[ˋmɑnstɚ]
n. 怪獸
mythical
[ˋmɪθɪkəl]
a. 神話的;虛構的
timeless
[ˋtaɪmlɪs]
a. 永恆的;不受時間影響的
Practical Phrases
relate to...
 對⋯⋯感同身受;認同⋯⋯、涉及⋯⋯、與⋯⋯有關

It's oftentimes very difficult to relate to my older brother.
我常常很難認同我哥哥。

This article relates to the topic of our discussion.
這則文章涉及我們討論的主題。

be related to
 與⋯⋯有關

The artist's paintings are related to the relationship between man and nature.
那名藝術家的畫作是關於人類大自然之間的關係

scare away... / scare... away
 嚇走⋯⋯

The loud noise scared away the birds.
那聲巨響把鳥兒都嚇走了。

請依文意選出最適當的一個選項
What is the article mainly about?
(A) The origins of red envelopes.
(B) The traditions of the Lunar New Year.
(C) The importance of money to the Chinese.
(D) The rules about giving red envelopes.
According to the article, how did people protect themselves from the monster “Nian”?
(A) They gave children coins.
(B) They wore red clothing.
(C) They offered food to it.
(D) They kept the lights on at night.

 

 

答案: 1. A 2. B

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