During Chinese Spring festival – Chinese New Year – shop owners put up make-shift cardboard letterboxes in front of their closed shops. Business relations put their gifts in red envelopes in this box to show their gratitude.
February 10th – Chinese New Year 2013 – I visited the largest Man Mo Temple on Hollywood Road in Hong Kong watching the ritual of burning Joss Paper to worship the ancestors. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese New year vary widely. It is traditional for every family to clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
Joss Paper, also known as ghost money or spirit money , are sheets of paper & paper-crafts made into burnt offerings which are common in traditional Chinese religious practices including the veneration of the deceased on holidays and special occasions. Joss paper are also burned in traditional Chinese funerals, to ensure that the spirit of the deceased has lots of good things in the afterlife.