Friday, August 5, 2011

Baby Full Moon

According to Chinese custom, when a baby turns one month old, a ceremony is held to celebrate her first month of life ('Moon Yuet' in Cantonese or 'Full Moon). This coincides with the end of the new mum's confinement period, and both mother and baby are formally introduced to the extended family and friends for the first time.

Traditional cakes and eggs, dyed red to symbolise luck and blessings, are given or sent to relatives and friends. Eggs are chosen as they represent fertility and their round shapes symbolise harmony. It is believed that if you have a boy, you give out an odd number of eggs, and if you have a girl, you give out an even number of eggs.

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