Red Egg and Ginger Parties

With a flood of baby shower and wedding invitations filling up my mailbox lately, a recent cultural party invitation really stood out. On tomato red paper and with gold letters the invitation announced a “Red Egg and Ginger Party” hosted by my friend’s in-laws. Since I’ve never heard of it before nor have I ever received any invitation like this, I did some research.

A Red Egg and Ginger Party is a Chinese cultural tradition that celebrates a baby’s 1 month birthday. High infant mortality rate was common in China as well as other countries at the time so when a baby turned 1 month old, this meant that they had survived. The event was celebrated and the infant was finally shared with friends and family and named.

Today, parents hold the party when their baby is 1-3 months old. And following tradition, they usually give out eggs that have been dyed red to symbolize happiness and renewal of life. This partly explains the name of the party but where does ginger come in? Well, ginger is supposed to balance out an overtired new mother’s yin and yang with a little heat. Ginger and eggs are both given out at the event.

If you are attending a Red Egg and Ginger party and don’t know what to get. Gifts traditionally given are money in red envelopes or clothing.

If you’re planning a Red Egg and Ginger Party, take a look at some of our invitations on Tiny Prints. And with its red and gold colors, this invitation from Wedding Paper Divas would fit perfectly for this occasion.



Sources: http://chinesefood.about.com/library/weekly/aa012303a.htm

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5 Responses

  1. Thank you so much! We were just invited to a red egg & ginger party & I racked my brain for a little while about what to get. Thanks for the educational tidbits and tips.

  2. DY says:

    We’ve used this cherry red lantern design from Tiny Prints for a red egg and ginger party invite:


  3. Gloria Parker says:

    My grandson’s Red Egg and Ginger party takes place soon. Do you know where I can find red envelopes for several members of my family to hold gifts of money?

    • Wes says:

      Recognizing that Gloria’s question is old, I thought I’d reply in case future visitors have a similar problem. Your two best bets for buying red envelopes are: a) Chinatown; and, b) online at a site like GoodOrient.com or Amazon.com. In either case, either ask the shopkeeper or read the description carefully to make sure that you’re buying a red envelope for a RE&G party and not for Chinese New Year or a wedding. You can also purchase a “general use” red envelope that would carry characters for prosperity, good fortune or longevity without being occasion-specific.

  4. Sidney Bostic says:

    Wow, just got 1st invite to Red Egg & Ginger party. Thanks to your information I am fully prepared to hep
    Celebrate the arrival of a new birth in the world. cheers!!

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