Frequent Asked Questions from Guests attending a Chinese
Q: I am invited to a Chinese wedding,
what gift should I bring for the newlyweds?
A: The most common Chinese wedding
gift is cash wrapped in red envelope, also named Li
Shi money. Check is acceptable, of course.
However, if you are not a close relative or friends, go
ahead and buy any gift you think is appropriate.
Whatever you buy, do not give the couple a FAN as gift since
the pronunciation of fan is "san", which means
"disperse" in Chinese, thus considered a bad
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Can you teach me some auspicious words for congratulations to the
A: Bai Tou Xie Lao, meaning "may you two grow
old together, and be each other's companion when your hair are
white." Bai Nian Hao Ho, meaning "may you
happily together for a hundred years."
Q: Any taboos at a Chinese wedding?
A: Certain people should not attend Chinese wedding, i.e.,
pregnant women and someone whose immediate family member just
passed away... However, for the younger generations, these are not
considered taboo anymore. Learn more at Do's