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Chinese Birthday Celebrations !

满月(Mǎnyuè, a full moon celebration)
满月酒(Mǎnyuèjiǔ, a full moon party or Red egg &Ginger Party)
Baby Survived(宝宝顺利度过第一个月, Bǎobǎo shùnlì dùguò dì yī gè yuè)
Baby named(宝宝起名,Bǎobǎo qǐmíng)
Baby introduced(把宝宝介绍给……Bǎ bǎobǎo jièshào gěi…)
抓周(Zhuā zhōu ,Draw lots)
Pen: scholarly future (笔意味着精于学业,Bǐ yìwèizhe jīng yú xuéyè)
Money: Businessman& Good Fortune(钱意味着善于经商,Qián yìwèizhe shànyú jīngshāng)
Stamp: Work as an official(印章意味着会入仕途,Yìnzhāng yìwèizhe huì rù shìtú)
Toy: enjoy the pleasure in life(玩具意味着会享受生活的乐趣,Wánjù yìwèizhe huì xiǎngshòu shēnghuó de lèqù)
虚岁(Xūsuì,Nominal year of age)
寿包(Shòu bāo,Longevity Peaches)
20 when you become an adult(二十弱冠, ÈrshíRuòguàn)
30 family &career established (三十而立, Sānshí érlì)
40 stability & clarity on your life(四十不惑, Sìshí bùhuò)
50 understand the greater things in life & have wisdom(五十知天命, Wǔshí zhī tiānmìng)
60 celebrate life & family(六十耳顺, Liùshí ěrshùn)
红包(Hóngbāo ,red pocket money)

满月和百日(Mǎnyuè hé bǎi rì) – Chinese baby customs

red eggsChina has a unique tradition for new born babies. The first important event for the newly born baby is the Full month celebration or one hundred days celebration.

Following the full month of confinement, mother and child are presented to friends and relatives with满月(Mǎnyuè, a full moon celebration). sometimes known as a ‘red egg and ginger party’. The origins of this custom come from ancient Chinese culture, when infant mortality was high. These parties were held to celebrate that the baby had survived the first month of their life, which meant that they were more likely to survive into adulthood.

Some Chinese families prefer to host the celebration On the hundredth day which is called 百日(Bǎi rì, The First One Hundred Days).The event is meant to celebrate reaching the age of “满百日”(Mǎn bǎi rì,100 days )but in Chinese, they take the 100 days as a symbol of “百岁” (Bǎi suì,one hundred years) It is a way to both celebrate the birth of the child and wish the child a long and happy life.

During the celebration, relatives and friends of the family will also return some presents. The presents include those which the child may use, like foods, daily materials, gold or silver wares. But the commonest are some money wrapped in a piece of red paper. Grandparents usually give their grandchild a gold or silver ware to show their deep love for the child. In the evening, the child’s parents give a rich feast at home or a restaurant to the guests at the celebration
In recent years, some of the traditions surrounding red egg and ginger parties have been modified. Parents may choose to hold the celebration at a fancy restaurant, complete with costumed Chinese performers or even a children’s magician. Also, the baby may be anywhere from one to three months old by the time the party is held.

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