Informative Info in the Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Harrison, Rye, & New Rochelle, N. Y. area by Gay E. Rosen, ABR, CBR, CDPE, CRS, GRI, SRES, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, Larchmont, N.Y. 10538, 914.907.2645 (Cell), http://www.gayrosen.com, firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
On February 4th, the Alumni Association of the Twelve Chinese Universities in the Greater New York area celebrated their Spring Festival Gala at the Royal Queen Sovereign Restaurant in Queens, New York.
The Twelve Universities are: The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Greater New York Alumni Association , Fudan American Alumni Association ( New York), North American Zhejiang University Alumni Association, Greater New York Chapter Southeast University, Greater New York Alumni Association Nanjing University, Greater New York Alumni Association of Tianjin University (Peking University), North American Alumni Association of Renmin, University of China Dalian University of Technology, Greater New York Alumni Association Shandong University, Greater New York Alumni Association Nankai , Alumni Association University of Science and Technology of China Greater New York Alumni Association and Jiaotong University American Alumni Association Greater New York Chapter.
In quoting from the original invitation:
“The tiger bids farewell to the new year and the rabbit leaps to the new journey on the occasion of the coming of the New Year of Kuimao.
The gala was dedicated to creating a happy and peaceful gathering with the sentiment that warm home-school feelings and delicious food interspersed with performances and inter-active games (and prizes) would create a day of food, wine, friendship, sharing, laughter, interaction, victory, solidarity, memories and prospects.
During the festival season, it is natural that food is indispensable to soothe the Chinese stomach of homesickness and family, and it is also for the meaning a happy reunion. “
The menu was varied and delicious! The entertainment included, singing , ancient poetry recitation, dance, guitar playing and singing, games and raffle drawings!
The Sponsors included: BCG Glass Industry, Zihan Holding LLC, Ruimei Beauty Industry, Nanjing University Alumni Association Long Island Alumni, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA), Acre New York (Boutique Real Estate), Tang Xuewu, Esq., Junma Engineering, Anju Real Estate, Hong Miller, New York Life Insurance, MY Visa Services, and I was listed too! Oh my (with special thanks to Kan and Wayne!).
It was a great success (of course), and there was money left over which then led to a follow up celebration on March 19th for the Volunteers and Sponsors at the 698 Cafe located at 39-07 Prince Street in Flushing New York.
Here are some photos of the delicious food served. Also featured is a can of the preferred tea in China (while unsweetened in China – it is sweetened for the American palate).
Prior to Covid, I would take out 3 books each week from the library and I simply loved to read at night/every night. With Covid, I found my self being drawn to Netflix/HBO/Showtime, etc. and started binge-watching all of the shows/movies/series.
After catching up on all of the shows everyone had been discussing for years (“Breaking Bad”, “Barry”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Homeland” “Ray Donovan” etc), I then found myself looking at the shows and series with sub titles. I absolutely loved ‘Silver Spoon” (a Russian show about a wealthy young man whose Oligarch father sends him to the police department to work as a policemen hoping he would mature. He obviously turns out to be a great policeman!). I saw a few years back a Polish series, Swedish shows, Indian, French and German. I loved “Fauda” . One reason I also like the Foreign movies/series is because you get to see how others live/cultures/customs/what they eat around the world. How can you not like that? One regret is my not having gone to Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics. My son, A.J. was representing Great Britain in luge, and we knew that his equipment was not what it should have been, and so we didn’t go. That and the expense. However, as a mom, we always find a way to see our children! I knew he would not be shown on American television and so I purchased a VPN account which then allowed me to access Sky Sports in England . Through Sky Sports, that then allowed me to watch the races live. The funny thing was my younger son was living in Australia at the time, and he traveled to the Olympics from Australia with his girlfriend, Shannon, and I was able to catch them both on video as they were cheering on A.J. in his races! How much fun is that! My sons told me how great the country is, the food was great so it was definitely my loss! I was never a fan of Kimchi but in seeing in all of the shows will definitely make me try again!
I am not attracted to the science fiction shows. Game of Thrones never appealed and I can easily skip over so many of the shows now streaming. Call me old fashioned but I like funny, romantic and dramatic ( hopefully intelligent ) shows or shows that are simply fluff. No politics, just enjoyable. Any politics. Click.
So now fast forward to the K-Dramas. I first saw “Crash Falling On You” and loved it. It is about a young, spoiled rich lady who takes a paraglider out, and crashes down into North Korea after a tornado. (Okay far fetched I know but adorable!). Of course, she is found by a simply gorgeous soldier and a love story ensues mixed with drama, humor and romantic music. I cried my eyes out! Ha! From there, I went to “My Holo Love” and absolutely loved “The Good Detective” (I was so sad to hear it was not picked up for a third season as it was great!).
Anyway, my point is – if you are seeking something different other than Science Fiction, Marvel Comic movies then try the K-dramas! They are great!
Real Estate? I am always thrilled to have so many client’s from around the world. After seeing one show, I reached out to a Korean friend (past client) and we were chatting about it! However, I do work seven days a week in real estate and am always available but it is also important to unwind at night! Cheers!
Spring is when all outdoor life awakens, and those pleasant tingling feelings inhabit our souls. Given that it is a vibrant and picturesque city with many patches of nature scattered around it, it’s no wonder there are plenty of fun spring activities in New Rochelle, NY. Here are some interesting suggestions on what to do on those warm spring days.
Hudson Park & Beach is always a good choice on sunny days
Let’s be clear – whenever the sun is shining, going to the beach is no mistake. This area may not be as modern and attractive as Miami Beach, but it has that homey charm. Many generations of people spend a large part of their lives here, and for them, it becomes a synonym for relaxation and joy. It is popular to visit no matter what season, but spring and summer are when most people go there. Apart from the beach, there is a playground where people like to take their children and grandchildren. There are benches to relax on and enjoy the view after a bit of walking and running after the kids. Also, when nice weather comes, this area hosts some pretty fine music performances. There’s a bandshell dedicated to this. Interestingly, according to some, many people come here and rent a place in the area just to live closer to the beach and park, which brought them so much joy in their youth. All in all, a nice location to spend the afternoon.
Spend three unforgettable hours sailing and dining
It doesn’t matter whether you are a man of the sea or not; spring is the perfect time to go on a 3-hour cruise in the area. A professional skipper will be in charge of maneuvering the boat; all you need to do is enjoy the ride to the fullest. There will be music; there will be some exquisite food, and an unforgettable view, of course. Children are welcome on this cruise as well. They will love the experience! They will be able to learn a bit about sailing, including how it feels to steer the boat. That will make them realize life can be amazing when you put away electronic devices and give the real world a chance.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is for having a blast during those warm rainy days
Speaking of fun that doesn’t include phones, computers, and TVs, Sky Zone Trampoline Park is definitely where you can find it. Not all spring days are sunny and dry, and when those rainy ones hit us, this is the place to go. It is not only for kids, though. Teenagers can benefit from it a lot, as it is a good way to make them physically active. Among many spring activities in New Rochelle to take part in, here are a few you should not miss out on:
Ninja Warrior Course. We might not be in Japan, and this may be a much safer course than the one they have there, but it is equally fun.
SkyJoust. This is a unique battle on a pedestal above the sea of foam. Two people try to push each other over the edge by using cylinder-shaped pillows.
Ultimate Dodgeball. It’s a game of dodgeball with a twist – every jump is more like a flight. Words cannot explain the exhilaration, so it’s a must-try experience.
Explore the home of Thomas Paine
They say that knowing your history is essential not to repeat the mistakes from the past. Also, learning how it all began and respecting those who have devoted their lives for us to enjoy the benefits of today’s America is the least we can do for our forefathers. And one of the founding fathers we should all learn about is Thomas Pine. The cottage he lived in for several years in New Rochelle is a nice place to visit if you feel like having an interactive history lesson. And if you are looking to move to New Rochelle, visiting this museum can be a good chance to explore the area. There’s a good school, a university, and a farmer’s market. It is not uncommon for people to select this neighborhood when they are moving from NJ to NY. Hiring interstate movers to make an easy transfer with reliable experts is a common choice for many. Therefore, go there and see why this is not a bad idea and learn about history while you’re at it.
Visiting Glen Island Park is one of the fun spring activities in New Rochelle
The good thing about those activities that have been around forever is that they are always fun, no matter what. That is the case with having a picnic. Because people have practiced it since medieval times, it has become a cliché to do it. But don’t give in to the new trends of renouncing all traditions for modern customs. Pack some tasty food and a soft blanket into a larger bag and head to Glen Island Park with your family. Why there? Well, for one thing, if you ask New Rochelle residents to cite reasons to live in their city, they will tell you about this park. Apart from being a beautiful gem of human-tamed nature, there’s a casino and a nice wedding venue to check out.
Execution Rocks Lighthouse offers a different take on fun
Those that appreciate the eccentric charm of brutal stories from the past should visit the Execution Rocks Lighthouse. This monument has a long history, but the part that makes it especially interesting is a little dark story related to it. Namely, they say that in colonial times the British used this place to perform low-key executions. They considered that the public ones would spike revolutions, so they would just tie up people for the rocks during the low tide and wait for the water to rise and drown them. There’s no proof that this story is true, but it has survived to this day. It may not be for everyone, but it is certainly intriguing. After all, the variety of activities one can take part in is one of the perks of living in New Rochelle.
As you can see, one can enjoy a surprising variety of fun spring activities in New Rochelle. Our suggestion is to get out of your comfort zone and try them all. Apart from making some unforgettable memories, you may even discover some things you didn’t know about yourself. Meta Description: Nice warm days are coming, and so is the new form of entertainment. Here are some fun spring activities in New Rochelle, NY, to try.
I think we think of real estate agents as someone who perhaps shows homes a few times a week and that is it! Oh my goodness. The opposite is true!
We must see as many properties as possible for knowing the inventory is so important. How can anyone discuss the area unless we know what has sold, is on the market, has expired or will be entering the market. I must admit that some of my clients who only wish to work with me in areas that I do not usually work in, I will preview homes in their price range to gain that quick knowledge of what is happening in those towns but I also try and refer them to associates that I know too to best represent them!
Continuing education is also required. Every two years I must take 22.5 hour of continuing education courses. (Yikes! mine is due by June 1st!).
However that all aside, we must write reports either for new clients, buyers or the appraiser. Social media is important, and staying in touch with past clients is also important!
I have been in real estate for over 20 years and I smile at all of the additional things I have done over the years for clients. Short Sales. Easy ! I once spent over 3 months calling different insurance companies (I discovered that many change names, switch policies, etc.) in endeavoring to get coverage for an oil spill on a client’s property. Her father had passed, and there was no insurance policy but I discovered that should an oil spill reach the water table, it becomes a third party coverage and the insurance company must cover same. In that instance, I was able to obtain $38000 for my client which was wonderful! Reduced property taxes for clients. Done! Divorce is always traumatic. I have successfully negotiated between both husband and wife in these delicate situations while representing both parties. Attorneys have informed me that we would not have closed if it wasn’t for my hard work. (Oh my!).
I have negotiated with a bank executive to accept less interest so there would be no short sale but that the loan was paid in full (it just made good common sense and the executive realized that!).
I have had some extremely wealthy clients who own several homes, and in those circumstances I have inventoried their possessions and even packed, inventoried and taken digital photos for the valuables in yet another estate! I care. One wealthy client had a huge gym to dispose of. I had suggested she donate all of the equipment to the local Boys and Girls Club. She loved the idea and put me in charge of arranging everything including transporting all of the equipment! Special companies are required to dismantle certain equipment but my son, A.J. was a genius (truly!). He was able to not only dismantle everything but he put everything together again perfectly once it arrived at the Boys and Girls Club!
Certain staging such as linens, towels, and flowers /plants free of charge. Done! Cleaning a home. Easy!! Prior to Covid, I was well known for serving lunches at broker’s open houses, and I would try to serve foods befitting the property. A beautiful estate deserved lobster salad sandwiches and champagne! A July listing became a July 4th celebration and so on! Wine and cheese – easy!
I recently inherited 4 feral cats that the owners had been taking care of and had to leave behind. I have been visiting the home twice a day to feed them, and in the process bought a small dog kennel, thermal blankets, hay-filled bedding and blankets too!
As agents, we usually can recommend good contractors, roofers, handymen, etc. to our seller clients. I referred last year as the year of the rent back and it seemed every other seller needed to rent back their home after closing and prior to moving to their new abode. As agents, we are here to assist (some more than others of course!).
It is always my pleasure to meet agents and their clients at a listing when the seller feels more comfortable. If clients move away then I always like to check on the house daily!
I also have a blog site (http://www.larchmontandnewrochellenews.com) , and always like to promote listings and area updates on the site. It is fun and is well viewed! I am also privileged to sponsor local events and charities. I love helping the community!
In short, Realtors (or some of us) do way more than is expected. I also take my profession so seriously that I took the time to obtain 7 designations ( Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, Accredited Buyer’s Representative, Certified Buyer’s Representative, Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Distressed Property Specialist, Graduate Realtor Institute, GREE Designation and Senior Residential Specialist!).
Please feel free to call for all of your real estate requirements!
After years and years of working hard and providing for you and your family, retirement is supposed to be the time you finally get to rest and relax. And naturally, you want to spend that time in the most pleasant environment possible. That’s why deciding where to spend your retirement is a delicate and important matter. You want it to be a safe, peaceful place, well-suited for retirees. However, just because you want a peaceful retirement doesn’t mean it should be boring. The place you retire in should also have places where retirees can socialize and get entertained. Luckily there is a village in New York that fulfills all that and that Larchmont. There are many benefits of retiring in Larchmont, NY, and we will explore that in our article.
Good things about retiring in Larchmont
We will share with you a simple list of things that make Larchmont such a great place to spend your retirement. But Larchmont is not just good for retirees is simply a great place to live in general. From welcoming neighbors to beautiful green parks available, Larchmont has everything a retiree could possibly need.
Larchmont is safe and has low crime rates Quality healthcare will be available to you The community in Larchmont is welcoming and warm There are many gorgeous green parks
Affordable restaurants and cafes
You won’t have to worry about safety
Safety is an important factor when it comes to deciding where to spend your retirement. You don’t want to spend the days that were supposed to be peaceful, fearing getting burgled or attacked. Also, people don’t want to let their retired parents or grandparents stay in dangerous cities. This quickly eliminates many potential places for retirement. Luckily one of the biggest benefits of retiring in Larchmont is the fact that it is an incredibly safe place. Crime rates in Larchmont are roughly 75% lower than the national average, and violent crime rates are an impressive 69% lower than the national average. According to research, Larchmont is considered safer than almost 80% of the cities in the USA. Considering that retirees are one of the more vulnerable demographics, this is incredibly important. Thanks to this knowledge, you can relax knowing that your retirement in Larchmont will be safe and peaceful.
Larchmont has excellent healthcare
One of the benefits of retiring in Larchmont is an excellent healthcare
Another important condition a place must fulfill in order to be considered a good place to retire is that it needs to be close to good healthcare facilities. Healthcare is essential to retirees because you never know when an emergency might occur. And in cases when a health emergency strikes, time is of great importance. You don’t want to have to drive to the other side of the city just to get to a hospital.
Thankfully Larchmont passes this test with flying colors. There is the amazing Larchmont Family Medicine clinic. A clinic located in downtown Larchmont has served the people of Larchmont for over 30years. The doctors at this hospital provide all types of medical care, and they have great specialists in geriatrics. They give excellent care, and the clinic is really close, so emergencies will be dealt with quickly.
A great community
Retirement should be spent in peace among nice and kind people. You don’t want to feel like a reject in your neighborhood and feel like you don’t belong. Thankfully in Larchmont, the situation could not be more different. Larchmont is home to approximately 6700 people, and they create a warm and welcoming community that will accept new people with open arms. People in the Larchmont community all work together to make it an amazing place to live. So if you do decide on making an interstate move to New York and hiring movers so you can spend your retirement here, just know you will get a warm welcome. Pros can make it easier, but it is the community that will help you truly settle in Larchmont. Also, there are a lot of retirees in Larchmont, so you will have adequate company, which is important for older people.
So much greenery! One thing about Larchmont is that it is absolutely gorgeous. And that’s thanks to the many beautiful green parks it has. And parks are a great perk for retirees. They can go for walks, take their grandchildren to the playground or simply sit on the bench and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous view.
Let’s start with one of the many Larchmont parks: Larchmont Manor Park and Beach. This park is owned and run by the Larchmont Manor Park Society and its trustees, whom the residents elect. A great thing about this park is that it is highly regulated, so everyone can enjoy it. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed, music is only allowed on headphones, and scooters are prohibited. This way, retirees can relax while enjoying their time in the park with no disturbance. There are also Addison Park, DeMatte Park, Constitution Park, and others.
Many good and affordable restaurants
Just because you are retired doesn’t mean you stop going out. Retirees also need to have a healthy social life, so they need venues where they can go out. Luckily, Larchmont has many excellent yet still affordable restaurants and cafes. Places like Trattoria 141, Victory Garden Café, and Encore Bistro Francais are all great for family celebrations, dinners with friends, etc.
These were the biggest benefits of retiring in Larchmont, NY. And as you can see, Larchmont is a wonderful place with a community that will help any newcomer, including a new retiree, settle in. All the main conditions a place has to fulfill so it can be seen as a good place to retire in, Larchmont achieves. The healthcare facilities are quality and, importantly, close by in case of emergency. Your retirement will be peaceful once you learn about its amazingly low crime rates (roughly 75% lower than the national average) and the city’s overall safety. The parks and great restaurants are a great perk as well. All in all, Larchmont is a great place to live and retire!
I have been working in real estate for over 20 years and love it! I have been blessed with meeting some wonderful clients from all over the world, and many of whom have become friends too. Whenever those special people call me time and time again for each of their home sales or refer me to their friends, it just makes me happy! Truth!. I truly care for my clients and I always want to make sure they feel that in whatever I do on their behalf.
I have had clients return to me 3 and 4 times over the years, and I am so humbled by them all!
“She is very smart and kind agent. She already helped me 5 times for last 18 years. I’m very satisfied with her service for selling & buying my homes. Recently I sold 95 Robinhood Rd, White Plains, NY 10605 and bought a new home, 76 Winding Ridge Rd, White Plains, NY 10603, and yet another home in New Rochelle. ” Mr. You.
I am here for all of your real estate requirements too!
Having lived in New Rochelle for over 43 years, I have long appreciated our great city, our wonderful schools, and our library. As an avid reader, I enjoy visiting the library to obtain my late night reading choices (mostly espionage!), and I always admire the impressive exhibitions. February, being Black History Month, was the perfect opportunity to cite some of our many famous, notable Black residents…
So funny, but in 2017 I obtained a wonderful listing on Crawford Terrace, and learned that Branford Marsalis , jazz legend, was one of the past owners. I excitedly informed my clients that I would mention his name in the listing. They laughed! As it turned out, one of the owners was Donna Wood who performed for 15 years at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater! Oh my! I was in the presence of a celebrity! We sold the home that first weekend, and became friends! They were and are lovely! I was also privileged to have sold one of the homes owned by Mr. Ken Chenault (past CEO of American Express) .
This past year, I saw advertised a great jazz series (PIFEST) which was held in the festive and tented backyard of another local celebrity – Adina Nyree. I was able to attend two of the concerts, and my friends and I had so much fun.
We are privileged to have so many wonderful residents in New Rochelle, both past and present. Come and visit. You will not want to leave!
One of the most important things to consider when settling on a place to live in New Rochelle, New York, is whether to buy or rent. Considerations such as your budget and long-term goals are important, but you should also think about the current state of the real estate market and the number of available properties. This article will help you decide whether buying or renting in New Rochelle, NY is the better option for you by discussing the most important considerations for each.
Therefore, without further ado, let’s discuss, Buy vs. Rent in New Rochelle, NY – Factors to Consider.
Cost Comparison: Buying vs Renting
If you are looking to move to New Rochelle, and wondering whether to buy or rent, one of the most important things to consider is the cost comparison between the two. The total price of homeownership includes not only the initial purchase price but also recurring costs like mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and upkeep. On the other hand, when you rent a home, you’ll have to pay the rent and utilities like everyone else, but you won’t have to worry about any of the upkeep that comes with owning your place. It’s essential to look at the total cost of ownership versus rental.
Interest rates, inflation, and the state of the New Rochelle, NY, real estate market all play a role in the cost comparison. Considering these will help you choose between buying and renting based on your specific needs.
Location and Accessibility
When deciding whether to buy or rent in New Rochelle, NY, location and ease of access are also essential factors to consider. If you are buying, it’s important to consider how far away your prospective home is from your job, your children’s schools, your preferred stores, and any other amenities you’ll regularly need once you move there. Your property’s value and quality of life can benefit from being in a prime location. If you’d instead rent, it’s crucial to prioritize proximity to public transit and other modes of conveyance that will streamline your daily commute. Access to nearby freeways and parking spaces is also a relevant consideration. When deciding whether or not a given location is convenient, you must carefully consider your needs and preferences.
Homeowner Responsibilities and Maintenance Costs
When deciding whether to buy or rent in New Rochelle, NY, it’s important to weigh the responsibilities and costs of homeownership. Owning a home comes with the financial and legal obligation to keep it in good condition and make any necessary repairs or improvements. This can include tasks such as:
Replacing broken appliances Fixing leaky roofs or pipes Maintaining HVAC systems Repainting and updating the interior and exterior of the home
All of these responsibilities can add up and can be a high cost for homeowners, especially if unexpected expenses arise. That being said, for those who decide to rent, there can be some maintenance responsibilities as well. Tenants may be responsible for minor repairs, such as changing light bulbs, as well as regular upkeep, such as mowing the lawn or shoveling snow. Additionally, landlords may require the tenant to pay for any repairs that need to be made due to damage caused by the tenant. It’s important to consider these potential costs when deciding whether to buy or rent in New Rochelle, NY, to ensure that you’re making the best decision for your financial future.
Tax Benefits of Homeownership
Homeownership in New Rochelle, NY, can provide a variety of tax benefits that can help to offset the costs of owning a home. Mortgage interest payments, property taxes, mortgage insurance premiums, and some home improvement costs are all potentially deductible on your income tax return. Additionally, owning a home may provide you with greater financial security than renting, as well as the equity that you can use for other investments. You should take all of these factors into account when deciding whether to buy or rent in New Rochelle, NY, to ensure that you’re making the best decision for your financial future.
Investment Potential VS flexibility
Before settling on buying versus renting, you need to consider the long-term goals and investment potential of homeownership. Buying a house is a long-term investment that can give you more stability than renting. You can save for future expenses like college or retirement with the money you’ve built up in your home’s equity. In addition, if you ever decide to sell your house, you will probably do so at a profit. Renting, on the other hand, offers neither the same stability nor the same investment opportunities. You can make the best choice for your future finances by giving homeownership serious thought in terms of your long-term goals and the investment potential it presents.
However, renting also has its benefits. Renting can be a great option for those who are not ready to commit to a long-term commitment. You can enjoy more flexibility and freedom when renting, as you can easily move to a new location if necessary. In addition, when renting, you are not responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the property, which can be a considerable cost for homeowners. Therefore, before you decide to arrange a safe transfer and move to New Rochelle with the help of interstate movers, think hard about these two tradeoffs. Conclusion So, buy vs. rent in New Rochelle, NY – factors to consider. Ultimately, whether to buy or rent in New Rochelle, NY, will depend on your current financial situation and long-term objectives. To decide between buying and renting, you should consider the monthly payments, upkeep, and appreciation potential of each. There may be tax advantages to your mortgage interest payments that you should think about. On the other hand, there are just as many benefits of renting. For this reason, you need to decide what is most important to you, and only then should you decide.
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My clients were thrilled to receive multiple bidding on their home, and while we had been expected to be featured in the New York Times, once there was an accepted offer, that was no longer viable. However, in the interim, since this was/is such an exceptional home , it was just featured in Brownstone! Oh my! We simply have a fantastic Public Relations department headed by Andrew Wood! (Vice President of Public Relations and Communications!).
I have always been blessed to have friends from around the globe. We can all learn so much from each other, and apart from learning the different cultures and traditions, it just broadens our outlook and understanding of each other, and simply brings us all together!
I met two lovely young men last year, and we instantly became friends as Kan celebrated his birthday the same month as one of my sons (now passed). I loved the similarity in humor, super intelligence and we just connected. They affectionately call me ‘Mom” and I love it! So fast forward to the 2023 Lunar New Year. We were meeting for dinner and I knew they were going to be giving me an envelope but I wanted to surprise Kan and Wayne with a Red Envelope for the Lunar Year too! I was chuckling at the thought of surprising them! What does this custom represent? While there are many debates as to how to accurately describe the holiday, none can dispute the origin.
A “Red Pocket” or “Red Envelope” contains money and symbolically means to ‘anchor the year”. Why is it given?
The custom of giving red envelopes originates in some of the oldest stories of Chinese New Year. As the legend goes, a demon known as ‘Sui’ terrorized children while they slept on New Year’s Eve, and parents would try to keep their children awake all night to protect them. One New Year, a child was given eight coins to play with to keep him awake, but he couldn’t keep his eyes open and eventually drifted off with the coins on his pillow. Sui appeared, but as he went to touch the child, the coins (actually the Eight Immortals in disguise) produced a powerful light that drove the demon away. Today the envelope, symbolic of the coins, is sometimes known as the yasui qian, or “suppressing Sui money”.
While the tradition centers on children, red envelopes are given to friends, family, colleagues and many other relatives – and different amounts of money are customary for each relation. For example, parents and grandparents get the most, but employees and even casual acquaintances can expect a red envelope.
The amounts are important and there are taboos. Never include a gift that includes a ‘Four” in the pronunciation. Four is considered wrong as it represents death. The luckiest number is 8. Of course, my gifts to my friends were in 8’s! (It means wealth and success).
2023 denotes the Year of the Water Rabbit. What does that mean? People born in the Year of the Rabbit can represent various things as their element is also important.
The Year of the Rabbit is going to be a favorable time for most zodiac signs. We can expect success in love and career advancement, with no significant health concerns. Additionally, financial success will be easier to achieve this year.