Why do the Chinese eat Red eggs, not chocolate eggs?

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:

Bowls of Red Eggs (Image from Flickr by owaief89

When you remove the shell, you can see the egg white has turned pink! Isn’t it gorgeous!

One beautiful, perfect red egg! (Image from Flickr by pengrin™

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.

Red Eggs (Image from Flickr by ZakVTA

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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13 thoughts on “Why do the Chinese eat Red eggs, not chocolate eggs?

  1. Renee

    I enjoyed reading your information. But a note, I think you meant “lavish” not “ravish”, which would be a terrible thing to do 😉

    Reply
    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Thank you! I didn’t realise that! R and L are difficult for me…… I hope you enjoy my other posts. Thanks for your comment and I’ve corrected it.

      Reply
  2. Jasmine

    Hi,

    It’s my boyfriend sister birthday soon and I was thinking of making some red eggs for her since he mention his family never made them before..

    But I was wondering, can u give red eggs to anyone? Like any Chinese on their birthday? Or is that like taboo? Sorry I really don’t understand it.. But I would love to learn more:)

    Reply
    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Red eggs (i.e. boiled eggs coated in red) are often associated with happiness, luck and fertility.

      Normally they are prepared and given out by one’s family, as a form of celebration.

      Red eggs are traditionally given out to celebrate a baby’s birth.

      I’m sure these red eggs can be a novelty gift, since your friend hasn’t received them before. But people in modern day probably wouldn’t give red eggs to friends (as your friends’ parents or grandparents may prepare the eggs for them, if it’s a traditional family). I think people may prefer receive some chocolates!

      I hope I’ve helped.

      Reply
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