White Envelopes and Compassion: The Tradition of Giving Money at Chinese Funerals

In the mosaic of customs observed at Chinese funerals, one deeply rooted practice is the giving of money in white envelopes. Known as “bai jin” (白金) or “pek kim” (白金), meaning “white gold,” this tradition carries profound significance. It’s not just a gesture; it’s a way of embodying empathy and offering tangible support during a period of mourning. Let’s explore why this practice endures and how it serves the community during times of grief.

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