Monday, October 12, 2009

the ox rocks | red egg and ginger

we love trying new things! this is our first red egg and ginger party invitation...and are client thinks "it is totally perfect, exactly what we wanted - a nod to tradition but still unique and fresh!"

red egg and ginger parties have their origins in ancient chinese culture. as in other countries, infant mortality rates in china were quite high prior to the medical advances of the twentieth century. a baby who reached one month of age was likely to survive, and so the event was celebrated. today the party is usually held within the first 3 months after the baby is born as a way for the proud parents to introduce their latest addition to friends and relatives.

guests attending red egg and ginger parties bring gifts. lysee or "lucky money" in red envelopes is often given to baby boys, while girls may receive expensive jewelry. the guests don't leave empty handed, either. the parents hand out red-dyed eggs, symbolizing happiness and the renewal of life.

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