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Chinese Birthday Traditions

Traditionally it's celebrated as "Red Eggs & Ginger"


In the Chinese culture on your birthday you are given red envelopes (lai see) that have money in them. It represents fortune, good health and long life. This also happens on Chinese New Year as well. Typically the "Red Egg and Ginger" celebration is done for newborns on their first month. The red eggs representing fertility (the egg part) and the red color is considered lucky.


My Grandma still likes to give the red eggs to me and, hey, I like hard-boiled eggs. Originally you are also supposed to eat red ginger as well, but I dislike the taste of ginger. The thought of eating plain ginger is pretty gross. You are also supposed to shave the head of the newborn.


Since I am not an infant anymore as this is my 26th birthday, I'll go ahead and skip the head shaving. Plus I think the baldness would accentuate my already big head.

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Taken on August 27, 2007