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Presidential Office unveils New Year envelope, banner

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Presidential Office yesterday unveiled the designs for its Lunar New Year red envelope and the red New Year message banners traditionally placed outside a door.

Presidential Office Spokesman Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦) said that the red envelope, which does not contain money, was different from the one President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will hand out on Lunar New Year, which would contain chocolates.

Wang said the office had yet to decide whether to include money in the envelope in addition to chocolates, or how many of the envelopes would be printed.

The red envelope carries calligraphy by Ma and bears his signature as well as that of Vice President Vincent Siew (蕭萬長).

To welcome the Year of the Ox, the envelopes also feature a design of a farmer carrying a baby on his back plowing a field with a water buffalo.

For its part, the red message banner features a larger version of the calligraphy and painting, also with the signatures of Ma and Siew.

Wang said Ma had consulted a calligraphy expert for writing tips and consulted culture experts for the message.

The Presidential Office has printed 38,000 red envelopes and 76,000 message banners for distribution to visitors to the Presidential Office starting today.

Some of them will be handed out by the Executive Yuan and the Executive Yuan’s central, eastern and southern offices.

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