2 weeks ago, one wedding, I'm down 1,000 for it.
Why couldn't you people have a tradition of giving each other goats for weddings? Receive goat, kill it, eat it, everyone's happy, no one is poorer.
@白七七 - Yeah, I am pretty close to them, old friends.
How to make money gifts fair...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Polanyi
This guy and his followers had a lot to say about it, it's interesting reading if you can sit through it.
Wikipedia also has this to say about why the tradition exists:
Stupid thing cut me off. Then 压岁钱 just became a wedding gift, because money is the perfect gift for any occasion. "Getting old? Have some cash. Sick? Have some cash. Getting married? Have some cash." etc.
Anyway, what pisses me off about the red envelope, aside from the fact that I had plans for that money, is that there's really no saying how much is appropriate. There's the whole how much I make vs. how much you make axis, the whole how close are we vs. how close do we want to be axis, there's the whole what favors do I owe you vs. what favors do you owe me axis...
Somebody just make a chart already.
Hahahahahaha ... you guys call it a show?
In that case, we only managed a stand-up gag in Sydney, then Hong Kong, and onto Beijing... each gag was only two tables of close relatives and friends, and we did not make any profit out of it ... by the way, what you guys had described is "wedding", not "marriage" ...
Actually, I have not received any Beijing wedding invitation over the five years in Beijing, guess I dont have any friend (sob sob) ... the two that I have received so far, are from old school friends, one took place early this year in Singapore (and HK) and the other this Nov in Canada (and HK) ...