Sunday, April 11, 2010

Red Eggs and Ginger

Today marked our baby boy's one month birthday. And, as is the Chinese custom, we held a big Red Egg and Ginger Party for Mason, filled with good food, loving family, and wonderful friends.

What, you may ask, is a Red Egg and Ginger Party? Centuries ago, when medical resources and medical knowledge were not plentiful, infant mortality rates were high. The Chinese considered the one-month mark to be the "safe point" at which the baby's survival was assured - thus, a large celebration was held to introduce the baby to family and friends. The baby's name was announced at this celebration, and the mother (who was supposed to stay indoors to convalesce during the first month...) was finally able to rejoin the community. Red eggs and ginger are handed out to the party guests, and the baby is given gifts of lucky money in red envelopes. A Red Egg and Ginger Party is meant to be a very joyous occasion for everyone attending!

Obviously, I haven't been housebound for a month, but it was definitely nice to get dressed up for a night out. We held Mason's party at our favourite Chinese restaurant, and had approximately 40 guests. DH's parents came into town for the party, and we had the chance to gather together all of our close friends - what a great evening! The food was spectacular and the mood was festive. Mason looked adorable, dressed in a little red sleeper (P.S. - ask me how hard it was to find a red outfit for a newborn baby boy!!), and he charmed everyone with his calm demeanour. He spent the better part of the night being handed around from person to person - everyone wanted a cuddle. Everyone remarked at what a sweet little baby he is - and I couldn't disagree. Even though it was a long night, my little boy didn't complain one bit - he was so patient. I was so proud of him!

It's hard to believe that one month has passed by's been filled with a lot of sleepless nights and diaper changes, but I definitely wouldn't change a thing. I have waited so long for this - and am enjoying every single second.

Happy One Month Birthday, my son. We love you!


Kate said...

Sounds like a great time!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Springroll! Sounds like a great party.

The ancient Greeks and Romans had a similar idea about the liminal status of new babies- the name day was after eight or nine days, and children who died below the age of two weren't given the same rituals of mourning and commemoration. Interesting that the Chinese thought the first month was the real danger zone.


Mommytobe said...

Happy 1 month Mason! Glad you guys are doing so well.