During Lunar New Year, the gift of a red envelope from family or friends is a traditional symbol of prosperity and good luck in Chinese and East Asian cultures.
This practice is one example of the many cultural protocols associated with gift giving. The City of Sydney's Civic Collection holds many gifts which have been presented to the people of Sydney and to the civic representatives in the course of their official duties.
Curator Margaret Betteridge will share some of the stories associated with gifts in the City’s collection and unravel some of the complexities associated with official gift-giving.
Margaret Betteridge is the curator of the City of Sydney’s civic collection. She enjoys sharing special stories about Sydney through some of the City of Sydney’s fascinating and intriguing objects and archives.
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