“Li Xi” (giving lucky money) is a cherished custom in Vietnam and in some other Asian countries during the Tet holiday. The money wrapped in red envelopes carries wishes for health, luck and wealth of the givers to their beloved ones. People also use envelopes in blue or yellow, which all symbolize for luck, hope and prosperity.
Besides, unicorn dance is one of another traditional performances at Tet holiday to celebrate the new year. Unicorn, a mythical creature, is believed to bring fortune and luck to homeowners. Unicorn had initially been a vicious animal but was tamed by a fairy, thus allegedly can keep evils and misfortunes away.
“The Lan” project was inspired by the image of a playful unicorn climbing to the curved roof of a communal house to watch the fireworks on New Year’s eve. We believe that this amiable visual will send happiness and joy to everyone on this special occasion. The highlight of this envelope set lays on the eyes of the unicorn because according to our tradition, the eye represents “ the window of the soul.” The envelope and the wish card in the set are uniquely designed to add an eye blink effect to the unicorn as if it is brought to life.
The set contains five envelopes attached with a card to write down wishes. Everything is put into a box whose outside is carved in a way so that when the five envelopes lay inside the box, it appears as colorful fireworks.