Oh the grief and agony of 紅包！
This will be the first year that my wife and I have been invited to a CNY party by a Taiwanese friend of ours. We were of course careful to ask how many kids would be there and what amounts to give so we’d know how many 紅包 to prepare.
We were a bit suprised by the answer we got though - She said there’d be one child, and that we should give NT$1200 in her 紅包. However, she also added that we’re supposed to give each of our friend’s parents a 紅包, each with NT$2000 inside.
Frankly, we’d never heard of giving money to parents on CNY and this seems a bit steep to us. We don’t want to be bad guests, and probably could afford the extra expense, but our friend admits she’s a bit out of touch with respect to this custom.
So, does anyone have any advice on this one? It’s driving us nuts.