Glimpse of Chinese New Year: Red envelopes mean luck for some, temporary income for others

February 18, 2015 5:00 AM

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Glimpse of Chinese New Year: Red envelopes mean luck for some, temporary income for others

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, Maman Rohman, 32, center, sells red envelopes locally known as "ang pao" which are used to give money as gifts during Chinese New Year celebrations, at a market in Tangerang, in the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. Rohman, like many other Indonesians, temporarily leave their hometowns and jobs to come to the capital to earn extra money as the Lunar New Year is celebrated by Indonesia's ethnic-Chinese minority. A farmer from Kuningan, West Java, Rohman said, “I have come here every year since 1992 … to sell “ang pao,” which could get me up to 200,000 rupiah ($17) a day. Not bad at all for a few days of work.” Rohman said business this year is a bit quiet. “Maybe the Year of the Sheep is just not my year. I got more money last time, so I just hope that next year would be better for me." (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara) (The Associated Press)

TANGERANG, Indonesia – Standing under a tarp-covered alley with vendors selling chicken, meatballs, and vegetables, Maman Rohman displays bundles of red envelopes traditionally used to give gifts of money symbolizing luck during Chinese New Year celebrations. They're known as "hong bao" in China, b...

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