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    what does —˜Ľ mean?

    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?

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    I did some Googling and found a few China-related pages.. My best guess is that it means the same as the Japanese Otosidama. Ah, here is a even better page.

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    Ah, that makes sense. I received a "—˜Ľ‘Ü" along with the candy, but —˜Ľ wasn't printed anywhere on that, though there is a large pig.

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    Actually "—˜Ľ" has a meaning of wish you lucky.
    It is similar to ‚¨”N‹Ę in Japan.

    "—˜Ľ" can also called g •ď or g •• •ď , ( in Cantonese, we used to call it —˜Ľ rather than g •ď or g •• •ď, I think g •ď or g •• •ď are used more often in in Mandarin.)

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

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

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    May I know how to pronouce 利是 in Cantonese?... 多谢哦!

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    Quote Originally Posted by —Ŕ铠赞 View Post
    May I know how to pronouce —˜Ľ in Cantonese?... ‘˝谢šGI
    i think it's li(4), shi(4)

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    Mandarin-speaking Chinese folks commonly say " 壓歳錢 " for お年玉 ....

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    may be it is a trademark,i think.

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