Anti-graft drive rises as fes­ti­val closes in

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

As the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day ap­proaches, lo­cal dis­ci­plinary au­thor­i­ties are step­ping up their anti-cor­rup­tion ef­forts.

Chi­nese tra­di­tion­ally give red en­velopes, known as hong­bao, to friends and rel­a­tives, es­pe­cially to chil­dren, dur­ing Spring Fes­ti­val, or Lu­nar New Year, as a sym­bol of good luck and hap­pi­ness. How­ever, the tra­di­tion had been mis­ap­pro­pri­ated by cor­rupt of­fi­cials whouse it as an op­por­tu­nity to flat­ter their bosses.

This year’s Spring Fes­ti­val falls on Satur­day, and the week­long hol­i­day is usu­ally a peak pe­riod for ban­quets in­volv­ing the ex­change of gifts. It was once com­mon for of­fi­cials to fund such oc­ca­sions us­ing pub­lic funds.

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