20) I’ve touched the earth for one month

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Traditionally, for a one-month “young” new born, the baby’s family will host a celebration to welcome the sweet event.  It’s a time to celebrate the baby’s birth and marks the end of the mother’s confinement.

Some have a buffet spread for guests while others had the celebration in restaurants to accommodate more guests.  Other than this, food boxes with cakes, red dyed eggs or glutinous rice will also be given to friends and relatives.  These days, food boxes come in more varieties like cupcakes, mini tarts or puffs.

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Eggs are chosen as they represent fertility and new passage in life.  The red dye represents luck and blessings and their round shapes symbolize harmony.

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Glutinous rice with toppings like slice stewed pork, fried dry prawn, mushrooms and sprinkled with onions and garlic shallots will also be given out with the food boxes.

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A pair of “Ang Ku Kuey” (“red tortoise cake”) signifies the new born will be blessed with luck and have a life as long as the tortoise.

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Last but not least, a milk bottle that feed you with all the sweetness and happiness with that new bundle of joy!

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37 thoughts on “20) I’ve touched the earth for one month

    Bupe Rose said:
    January 16, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Do you know if this tradition is common place in other parts of the world? We don’t practice it where I’m from.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

      Yes, to what I know is originated from China!
      But this is the result of many years of creativity and transforms! 🙂

    lilyboat said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:10 am

    milk bottle as a decoration! What a brilliant idea!

    ukgardenfiend said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:24 am

    This is a lovely tradition – I know that one month is considered by some to be ‘safe’ – in that the baby is now more sure of survival – from the old days, so i suspect this is where the tradition comes from. Indeed, in some Middle Eastern cultures the mother stays in bed for this month – according to a book I read about being a Bedouin…. anyway, thanks for coming and reading and liking my blog! 🙂

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:35 am

      Hey! You are welcome! I will spend some time to surf your Blogging ocean!
      Have a nice day!

    Leisa said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I adore this

    Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:47 am

    What interesting facts. Like the tortoise bit – too sweet. If I had a one month old baby, however, I doubt I’d feel up to hosting a party!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

      Yes, those stuffs are too sweet for me!
      A sweet guy can’t be having sweet stuff for whole day! LOL!

    Prodigal Daughter said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:57 am

    this made me hungry.:)

    Uta´s flow said:
    January 16, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Very interesting. Thank You!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:30 am

      You are welcome! 🙂

    renxkyoko said:
    January 16, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Wow ! That looks good !

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

      Haha! I thanks you on behalf the baby! 🙂

    mixedupmeme said:
    January 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Is there a little Sydney?

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 11:32 am

      Little sydney still swimming somewhere!

    CK said:
    January 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Can I have some Ang Ku Kuey ? I want peanut flavour. hehehe

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Sorry, eaten by me! LOL! 🙂

    Photography Journal Blog said:
    January 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    This is a lovely tradition.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

      Ya, I enjoy the food and the culture journey very much!
      Thanks, have a nice day! 🙂

    Rexlin Victor said:
    January 16, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Wow, great!!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks, Rexlin! 🙂

    Leo said:
    January 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    a great tradition, the food looks great.

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 16, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Thanks for reading Leo! Wishing you be a Healthy wolf forever! 🙂

    thebestdressup said:
    January 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    ciao! a luFAB tradition. interesting cultural references. all children should have a ‘birth’ celebration.
    thebestdressup

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 17, 2013 at 12:00 am

      Indeed! agree! certainly!
      Government must enforce it! LOL!

    kelihasablog said:
    January 16, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Forgot to tell you that you’re killing me Sydney! LOL Now I’m hungry! LOL Thanks for the lovely pictures and the lesson of the day! 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

      I gobble up all! But manage to salvage one milk bottle for you! Haha!

    SingleFocus said:
    January 17, 2013 at 2:02 am

    How interesting!

    My French Heaven said:
    January 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    That pork dish looks incredible!!

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      But a bit salty and oily, not having every day, is okay! 🙂

    parth893 said:
    January 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Awesome 😀

      Sydney Fong responded:
      January 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      You are welcome! 🙂

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