[Love under the Pillow]
By: WANG Qi, Betty (Hall 10)
Light up the fire crackers. A year has passed and the Spring Festival has come. We wish you a Happy Chinese New Year in advance! Everyone’s favourite childhood memory for the Chinese New Year is undoubtedly collecting red pockets, which are also called Art Sui Chin. Today, let me share with you all the story of Art Sui Chin.
In ancient times, there was a monster named Sui. He would go and scare off children around in New Year ’s Eve. Many families would stay up overnight with lanterns on to avoid Sui from coming. Feared of Sui hurting their child, a couple gave 8 pieces of coins to their child for play. When the child went to bed, the couple put the coins away by wrapping them up in red paper and placed the packet under his pillow. They stayed with him for the whole night till dawn. In the middle of the night, Sui came to this house for a visit. When he tried to touch the child’s head, a series of golden ray shone through from underneath the pillow and frighten Sui off. The couple saw this and shared the story with everyone on the next day. Everyone copied this method in the following years and Sui has stopped haunting the children ever since. This custom has now turned into our tradition of Art Sui Chin, which literally means the “money to defeat Sui”.
The most important purpose of Art Sui Chin is not about money, but of the love and care from our parents and seniors. It is filled with love, in hopes that the descendants will prosper and stay healthy.
文: 王琪 (舍堂十)