Saturday, February 9, 2013

First Ang Pow

The first ang pow ever given
The story of ang pow dates back to the Sung Dynasty in China. A village called Chang-Chieu was at the time terrorised by a huge dragon-like demon. No one dared to defeat it, not even warriors or statesmen.

However, a young orphan, armed with a super sabre inherited from his ancestors, fought the evil dragon and eventually destroyed it. The villagers were overjoyed and the elders presented the brave young lad an ang pow filled with money for his courage in saving them.

Since then, the ang pow has become a part of traditional Chinese customs. 

When ang pows are given
The practice of giving ang pow may be centuries old, but it is still as popular as ever. During Chinese New Year, they are given by married to small children, teenagers and unmarried adults - these are the lucky ones those who will continue
to receive ang pow until they get hitched.


mun said...

So that's how the angpows tradition came about.

bluedreamer27 said...

that's a fascinating fact... thanks for sharing.. now I know how significant the ang pows are
happy Chinese New Year... may you have another prosperous year

Small Kucing said...

i kinda forgot about this story

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