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By Michelle Chan | January 23rd, 2023

For those mature and with their lives together enough to be giving out lai see during Lunar New Year, how are your lai see duties faring? Traditionally, lai see is handed out from the first day of the new year until the 15th (a loosely honored cut-off date), which means you might need a restock every few days after visiting friends and relatives.

We don’t know about you, but procuring crisp new bank notes amidst the pre-holiday routines, shopping for red envelopes that serves as your sigil in its own festive way, then stuffing those greens into the envelops like elves in Santa’s workshop are not that much fun. Especially after a long day of socializing and with tasty sugary treats standing by just near you.

More importantly, we must be hurting so many trees, and by extension, the environment even though the act of handing out lai see means nothing but blessing and goodwill. By the time the 15th day of the new year strikes, we’ll have a pile of empty red envelops lying around, urging us to rethink our festive traditions.

Starting from the pandemic, banks and mobile payment applications are modernizing the way we give out and receive lai see and its blessings by means of instant transfer. Give out individual or group e-lai see of your customized amount, and don’t forget to pick out your favorite e-lai see covers and leave words of seasonal greetings. Hit send, and your e-lai see finds itself popping up on your loved ones’ phone screens, serving its age-old purpose while protecting the creations of mother nature.

Thinking of giving e-lai see a try? Check out some hot offers you can jump in on right this moment — and, Kung Hey Fat Choi from us at The Loop HK!

Bank of China

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From now until February 5, each of your e-lai see sent via Bank of China’s electronic channels counts as an entry for the Bank’s lucky draw for an HK$8,888 cash prize. Other prizes include extra BoC Pay gift points and an 18% p.a. interest rate time deposit offer, which you don’t want to miss.

Check out more details here.

Citi Hong Kong

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Citi Hong Kong taps Hongkongers’ favorite singer Hins Cheung for special edition electronic new year greeting cards, but that’s not all: from now until February 5, register for Citi Hong Kong’s lucky draw with every e-lai see you give out to win up to HK$8,888 in cash.

Learn more about the offer here.

Hang Seng Bank

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From now until February 10, win the chance to bring home the auspicious 99.99% God of Wealth gold by completing specified activities such as giving out e-lai see and registering for FPS on Hang Seng Digital Banking. There’s up to 28 lucky draw chances per week, so make sure to send out those e-lai see!

More details here.

Standard Chartered

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From now until February 5, send an e-lai see via SC Pay and share an SC Pay sticker to your friends to automatically enter a lucky draw for up to HK$10,000 in cash. There can only be 8 winners, and will that be you?

Learn more about the lucky draw here.

Disclaimer: This piece is a lifestyle article and does not constitute professional financial advice or endorsements of any sort. Please consult a professional for investment matters.

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