The Easter eggs remind me of the Chinese Red eggs.
Chinese people don’t eat a lot of chocolate eggs, but I do know they eat a lot of Red eggs. Since birth!
Red eggs — they are hard boiled eggs, coated with red dye or red food colouring.
In case you still don’t know what I’m mumbling about, here is the image:
When you remove the shell, you can see the egg white has turned pink! Isn’t it gorgeous!
When a child is born (especially a boy), Chinese people have the tradition of giving out hard boiled Red eggs to friends and relatives, to announce the good news.
Depending on regional traditions, some Chinese give out Red eggs once a baby is born, but in other regions, people celebrate when the baby reaches one month of age.
For the Chinese, one month is the first huge milestone of a baby’s life, so it is celebrated with Red eggs. They are nutritious, symbols of fertility, rebirth. Red means happiness.
You can, in return, lavish the baby with something more durable, such as gold, money (in a red package, called 红包，hongbao).
Here is another lovely image of the tradition.
Since your birth, your mum will cook you some Red eggs on your birthday, year after year after year……..
My mum has 8 children, so it is quite impossible for her to remember all our birthdays. But when she does remember my birthday, she would cook me some lovely noodles soup, with some Red eggs, of course.
And, you are not supposed to cut the noodles, as noodles have another story — they means longevity.
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