This is when a baby is introduced to the extended family and friends. Baby's health is celebrated, and blessings and gifts are offered. Red money envelopes, lai see, are given, as well as jewelry. In the past it was mostly only held for baby boys, but today, both boys and girls are celebrated.
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Traditionally, the baby's first moon was the time to shave baby's head. These days, most parents give their baby their first haircut. Those who have shaved baby's head sometimes use the hair to make a special calligraphy brush, engraved with blessings for happiness, health and wisdom. Other parents wrap the bit of hair from the first haircut into red cloth and sew it into baby's pillow to help calm him/her.
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|Red Tortoise Cake|
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Ang Ku Kueh, or red tortoise cakes, are served during the celebration. These Chinese pastries have a sweet filling, wrapped in glutinous flour, and shaped in a mould to look like tortoise shells. The tortoise shells represent longevity.
(There's a recipe to make your own here - I would love to find those moulds)
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