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Red Egg And Ginger Party – Guide To Throw Red Egg And Ginger Party

A newborn baby is truly a bundle of joy! Sharing the happy news is something parents relish the world over, whether it’s sending a birth announcement in the mail, posting photos online, or gathering friends and family to welcome the little one’s arrival.

A Red Egg and Ginger Party is an age-old tradition to welcome a new baby. It is the traditional Chinese celebration of a baby’s one month birthday. The custom dates to ancient times when infant mortality rates were high and new babies were named and celebrated only after a month had passed and survival seemed assured. Thankfully, things are no longer that way but the tradition endures honoring the belief that surviving the first month of life is a strong indicator of a healthy future and as a way for proud parents to introduce their new baby to family and friends.

 

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Depending on how mother and baby are doing, some families might schedule the party at 100 days or even wait until the first birthday to bring folks together. This is a very important milestone in a child’s life.  It can be a simple gathering at home or an elaborate gala at a restaurant, banquet hall, or community center. Platters of red hard-boiled eggs and pickled ginger grace the center of each table, while the room is decorated with festive red and gold banners and balloons.

 

How to Throw Red Egg and Ginger Party

 

You may be wondering why the celebration is called “red egg and ginger” the hardboiled eggs are dyed red for good luck and happiness, and the eggs signify fertility, birth, and life. The ginger represents the family’s strong, deep roots in the tradition. Below we give you a rundown of what happens in a red egg and ginger party.

  • Blessing

As guests arrive, they happily greet the parents and new baby with little red envelopes stamped in gold foil with flowers and the Chinese character for blessing, wishing the little one a life filled with happiness and abundance.

Grandparents or other revered family members will give a toast and most likely perform two ceremonial customs dating back to ancient times. He or she will take a red egg in each hand, rubbing them gently on the baby’s scalp to signify hope for a smooth, round-shaped head, followed by snipping a lock of hair for a keepsake, commemorating a child’s first haircut. Then the parents will mingle with the guests, personally introducing their new infant snuggled in their arms.

 

Hopefully, the little one will sleep contently during the festivities, and the new parents can look forward to many more “firsts” in their child’s life. Things are off to a good start!

  • Introducing the Baby

The baby is the guest of honor at a Red Egg and Ginger Party. Whether sleeping or awake, the proud parents will introduce the baby around the room to friends and family. Well-wishers may tuck or pin red envelopes filled with lucky money in the baby’s clothing.

 

  • Reintroducing Mom

Despite the pressures of contemporary parental leave policies, many new Chinese mothers still observe the old tradition of “the sitting month.” This month-long period of intense indoor confinement spent resting, drinking warm medicinal soups, and avoiding harmful outdoor germs is intended to help new mothers restore balance to their bodies and regain their strength following childbirth.

 

 

  • A Celebration of First’s

The Red Egg and Ginger Party may commemorate a series of “firsts” traditionally performed at home in the past. These may include the baby’s first bath, the first haircut, the first new set of clothes, and, most importantly, a new Chinese name. At one month of age, these ceremonies are performed to officially welcome the child into the family.

 

  • Announcing the Baby’s Name

The Chinese believe that a baby’s name influences his or her destiny and role in life. Traditionally, families would consult fortune tellers, and a wise elder, such as the baby’s grandfather, would be responsible for choosing an auspicious name. Today, it’s common for families to share the baby’s Western name at birth, but still wait to announce the child’s Chinese name at the Red Egg and Ginger Party.

 

  • Cutting the Baby’s Hair

It’s an ancient tradition to shave a baby’s head to commemorate the child’s independent existence, as well as to stimulate new hair growth. Today, a grandparent may simply clip a lock of the baby’s hair to store it as a keepsake.

 

  • Toasts

At some point, the meal or party will be interrupted by the family for toasts thanking guests for coming and joining in their joyous celebration.

 

  • Food

If the party is held at a restaurant, expect to eat a traditional Chinese banquet meal including an appetizer of cold meats, soup, dishes with seafood, vegetables and tofu, lettuce wraps, noodles, fried rice, and a dessert. At a more casual party, you may be served any of these dishes in a buffet line or food inspired by Red Egg and Ginger Party customs like cupcakes with red frosting, raspberry-ginger lemonade, or egg-shaped sugar cookies.

 

  • Gift Giving

The most traditional gift is a red envelope filled with lucky money, which you give to the baby as it is introduced around the party. Most guests will give a red envelope and a physical gift, which is left at the gift table at the party entrance.

 

  • Dyeing Red Eggs

Preparing the hard-boiled eggs for the party is a top priority. Fortunately, the restaurant or caterer will coordinate this task, but some families prefer to bring their own supply of eggs to the venue. Some will even host a pre-party get-together at home with friends to boil the water and set the dye.

There’s something about the color red that lifts the spirit and brings vitality to the day, whether it’s a Chinese red egg and ginger party, a summer picnic, or a holiday meal. It’s about celebrating the moment and being together!

Red is a popular color in China, symbolizing success, happiness, good luck, and fortune. It represents celebration, vitality, and fertility, and a defense against evil spirits. The baby will surely be dressed in a new red outfit, and family and friends will wear something in crimson to honor the occasion.

 

Eggs hold a special symbolic significance, too a promise of unity, fertility, and a good start in life. They’re an essential ingredient in many Chinese dishes such as egg drop soup, egg foo yung, steamed pork in egg custard, and an Asian staple, fried rice with bits of scrambled egg mixed in with chopped vegetables.

 

Nowadays, it’s easy to use red food coloring or pre-packaged color tablets for dying Easter eggs, but many individuals prefer a more traditional ingredient — madder root.

Madder was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans for coloring textiles. It was colorant used for the scarlet tunic jackets worn by the “Redcoats” of the British Army, Royal Marines, and some colonial units within the British Empire, from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Nowadays, it’s easy to use red food coloring or pre-packaged color tablets for dying Easter eggs, but many individuals prefer a more traditional ingredient — madder root.

Rose madder (Rubia tinctorum), commonly known as common madder or dyer’s madder, is native to the Mediterranean but grows in temperate zones worldwide. The Rubiaceae family are flowering perennial plants also known as the coffee, madder, and bedstraw family. Some plants, such as lady’s and yellow bedstraw, have been used to stuff mattresses. It was believed to bring good luck to expectant mothers.

The dye is found in the long and deep roots that grow thicker and richer in color as the plant ages. Growing the plants and harvesting the roots is a time-consuming task, but fortunately, it’s easy to purchase madder root powder online or at local shops specializing in handcrafted supplies. Some spice shops may carry the powder, too.

It’s a fun project for both children and grownups. Start by using chilled hard-boiled eggs. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to dye.

  • Combine one quart of water and two tablespoons of white vinegar in a medium-sized pot. (This can be doubled, depending on the number of eggs used.)
  • Bring to a boil and add the powdered matter root — start by stirring in a teaspoon at a time. The more powder, the darker the color.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool.
  • Strain the dye and soak the eggs for at least an hour.
  • For a more vibrant color, leave the eggs in the dye bath overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Remove from the dye bath and let dry. For a glossy sheen, add just a few drops of cooking oil to a paper towel and gently rub each egg.
  • Another popular item on the menu is a serving of crispy egg rolls that resemble the shape of a gold bar, portraying a sign of wealth and prosperity — a favorite food on many special occasions, including a baby’s first party.

The pickled ginger honors the mother, recognizing the need for bringing the body back in balance after childbirth. It’s believed that if everyone at the celebration bites a bit of ginger, a circle of comfort will surround the family as they adjust to a new life in the household.

 

Red Egg and Ginger Party Invitations

 

Red Egg and Ginger Parties traditionally occur soon after a baby’s one-month birthday. These days, families are more relaxed about when the party is actually held. It’s increasingly common for a Red Egg and Ginger Party to take place at the 100-day mark. In either case, the spirit and intent remain the same: to welcome a new child among family and friends.

  • Venue – Banquet

Check your invitation. Red Egg and Ginger parties are typically held at a local Chinese restaurant, a community center assembly room, or at home. Restaurant parties will likely include a multi-course banquet meal, while parties at a community center or at home will likely be more casual affairs with a buffet meal or desserts and coffee.

 

Red Egg and Ginger Party Clothing

 

  • What to Wear

No shorts, no jeans, no ties, no dresses. Red Egg and Ginger Parties are celebrations, so wear festive attire. Members of the baby’s family may dress up in suits, but guests typically arrive in casual semi-formal weekend wear. Red is considered the luckiest of all colors, so it’s always appropriate. The only colors to avoid are black and white, which are typically reserved for funerals and mourning.

 

Red Egg and Ginger Party Decorations

 

  • Red Eggs and Ginger

Guests are presented with red eggs, which symbolize luck and unity, and pickled ginger, which brings the body back into balance after childbirth. Plates of red eggs, an even number for a son, and an odd number for a daughter, and ginger may be presented at each table or at the buffet line.

 

  • A New Set of Red Clothes

As red is the most auspicious color in Chinese culture, the baby is most likely to be dressed in a bright red playsuit or dress to symbolize a lifetime of good fortune and prosperity.

 

  • Jingling Gold Jewelry

The baby may be adorned with a gold necklace or bracelet with charms or a locket, to symbolize longevity and good luck, while warning evil spirits away.

 

  • Customs

Red Egg and Ginger Parties are joyous events steeped in traditions intended to convey a life filled with good luck and prosperity on the new baby. Here are the different customs you may observe, depending on how traditional the host family is that day.

 

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CONCLUSION

 

We hope you have been able to get all the information you need on the red egg and ginger party. This is a very important milestone in a child’s life and a time for family and friends to join and celebrate.

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