In Chinese families, when a baby turns one month old the Full Moon ceremony is held to commemorate the first full month of life. This is the first important event for the newborn child.
On the morning of the baby’s 30th day, relatives and friends gather to give their blessings and gifts to the new baby. The baby’s parents also give presents to their relatives and friends. The types of gifts vary from place to place, but eggs dyed red are usually the most popular gift, probably because in Chinese culture eggs are a symbol of the changing process of life. Their round shape is the symbol of a harmonious and happy life, while the red color is a sign of happiness.
During the celebration, relatives and friends also give gifts. Grandparents usually give their grandchild gold or silverware to show their deep love. Of course, parents and the newborn receive modern gifts too, such as baby clothes, toys, books, and gift vouchers, but the most common is money wrapped in a piece of red paper. In other words, it’s like a Western baby shower, but it’s celebrated a month later!
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