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Feb 23, 2007, 16:09
I just received a piece of candy with the characters 利是 on it. Actually the 日 at the top of 是 is sideways like in 免, but I think it's the same character. Anyway, does this combination mean anything?

Feb 23, 2007, 17:50
I did some Googling and found a few China-related pages.. My best guess is that it means the same as the Japanese Otosidama (http://ctrading.co.jp/shop/45_553.html). Ah, here (http://allabout.co.jp/travel/travelhongkong/closeup/CU20040109A/index.htm) is a even better page.

Feb 23, 2007, 23:18
Ah, that makes sense. I received a "" along with the candy, but wasn't printed anywhere on that, though there is a large pig.

Feb 28, 2007, 13:10
Actually "" has a meaning of wish you lucky.
It is similar to N in Japan.

"" can also called g or g , ( in Cantonese, we used to call it rather than g or g , I think g or g are used more often in in Mandarin.)

is a little red paper made pocket filled with money. It acts as a present in many Chinese tranditional festival. Giving each other is a custom in China. The most common practise is to give to each other in Chinese New Year, wedding and birthday. Red colour represent happy and lucky in Chinese, so is in red colour.

Usually, only married ones give to others. Unmarried one no need. (but all people can receive ). However, these custom has changed a little bit. In some offices, unmarried one also need to give to others, I think this custom is diferent in different offices.

Apr 23, 2007, 04:06
May I know how to pronouce 利是 in Cantonese?... 多谢哦!

Aug 18, 2007, 13:37
May I know how to pronouce in Cantonese?... 谢GI

i think it's li(4), shi(4)

Feb 21, 2008, 13:55
Mandarin-speaking Chinese folks commonly say " 壓歳錢 " for お年玉 ....

Nov 24, 2008, 17:29
may be it is a trademark,i think.