Red Envelopes or red packets are typically passed out during Chinese New Year celebrations and typically contain money. Even numbered amounts of money are usually included, since odd amounts are given at funerals. The number "8" is considered lucky, so most often this amount is included in the envelope.
What a great way to introduce students to other cultures, than to compare and contrast our New Year celebrations with those of the Chinese, or to look at the significance of the Chinese calendar and the association with animals, or for younger students the difference or similarities between money and gifts. I've included a couple activities for you to look at the history and significance of the Chinese New Year, and how we can help our students understand and relate to others around the world.