Take a look at how Irene Soh, a Singapore mommy blogger, and her family celebrated her baby’s full month according to Chinese tradition.
In the Asian culture, a baby shower is done after a month from the birth of a child.
Newborns are traditionally not given names or formally accepted into the family until this time because, as in other countries, infant mortality rates in China is considered quite high. A baby who reached one month of age was likely to survive, and so the event was celebrated….
We started off the morning by giving thanks to God, then proceeded on with traditional ritual of head shaving. Auspicious words were uttered throughout this process. Some people believed that this is done to mark the point of independent existence while others do it believing that the baby will grow lustrous thick hair. Whatever the reason is, we just wanted the best for James.
We reserved a bunch of hair and fingernails and released them in a down stream river. Then we bathed James in the bath with the red eggs, which the older folks believe will help siblings enjoy a good relationship between each other.
Eggs are significant because they symbolize fertility and the renewal of life. Also, their shape is traditionally associated with harmony and unity
It took us 3 kids to realize the correct techniques of dying red eggs. And it’s pretty easy peasy actually!! The recipe for the red eggs is listed below.
Red Eggs with Pickled Ginger
- 150ml vinegar
- 1 tbsp Cochineal Red (red food coloring)
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- Combine all and set aside for color bath.
- Put in 30 eggs into a pot of water.
- Making sure that water lever is 2 inches away from eggs.
- Add salt into water.
- When water get into a slow boil, turn to low heat and continue boiling for 10 minutes.
- Drain out eggs.
- Put hot eggs in color bath.
We got our Ang Ku Kueh from Ji Xiang Confectionary — the best for Ang Ku Kueh in Singapore, in our opinion! Here is their info:
Ji Xiang Confectionery
Block 1 Everton Park,
#01-33 (near Cantonment Road)
Tel: +65 6223-1631
Mondays to Saturdays: 8 am to 5 pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed
For the first time in our lives, we ordered catering. Thank god it didn’t disappoint. Many guest were seen giving 2 thumbs up and going back for more refills. We catered from
Chilli Padi Peranakan Restaurant and Catering if you’re wondering!
This article is republished from a Singapore mom’s blog: BabyHiroshi. Photo credits: Irene Soh
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