Today we are focusing on the topic of gift giving and receiving.
In Western cultures, gifts are often wrapped and accompanied by a gift note.
On the card, it would say: Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary, or Congratulations! depend on the occasion.
In Chinese culture, red wrapping connotes luck. And we give red envelopes. It's lucky money.
In American culture, when visiting someone, it's polite to bring a small gift.
And usually it's interesting and exciting to see what's inside the wrapped gift.
In Chinese culture, if one brings a gift, the host would say: You shouldn't have done so. Aren't we friends, why do you do so?
Likewise, In the West, quite often gifts are not expected. And people would say the same thing.
The response would be: Oh, this is really nothing, just a poor gift. In Chinese culture, the emphasis is on humility.
So is the west, the response would be: It's nothing at all. Just a little expression of our friendship.
When it comes to opening gifts, In western culture, you can go either way: Opening the gifts in front of the guests or opening it later in private.
In Chinese culture, you wait till the guest leaves to open the gift.
In Summary: 总结来说
Often, when there's a special occasion (anniversary or birthday, a wedding, birth of a baby), it's common for people who is visiting to bring a gift to show appreciation and friendship, and also to bring congratulations to the occasion.
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