Baby’s full moon (满月 or “man yue”)

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A friend of ours showed up at our front door to give us some cakes as part of the Full Moon Celebration of his baby. He couldn’t even come in for a quick coffee as he was busy making deliveries of the cakes to many other friends and relatives.

It was so very sweet of him to include Bert and myself. It was our first personal encounter with this tradition. According to Chinese Culture at about.com:

The first important event for the newly born baby is the one-month celebration. In Buddhist or Taoist families, on the morning of the baby’s 30th day, sacrifices are offered to the gods so that the gods will protect the baby in his subsequent life. Ancestors are also virtually informed of the arrival of the new member in the family. According to the customs, relatives and friends receive gifts from the child’s parents. Types of gifts vary from place to place, but eggs dyed red are usually a must both in town and the countryside. Red eggs are chosen as gifts probably because they are the symbol of changing process of life and their round shape is the symbol of harmonious and happy life. They are made red because red color is a sign of happiness in Chinese culture. Besides eggs, food like cakes, chickens and hams are often used as gifts. As people do in the Spring Festival, gifts given are always in even number.

Check out the box. How delightfully cute is that.

 

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Related: I came across the Chinese name of the custom in the title at Singapore Motherhood.

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A surprisingly delicious treat

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I think I have a new favourite chocolate roll cake. Or cappuccino, rather. It was a nice surprise to discover how good it is over some tea earlier this afternoon. Because it was tagged at only $2, I didn’t have high expectations for it. We came across cakes like this at the supermarket of Mustafa Centre yesterday, was surprised at the price, so we grabbed a few.

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I like to always have things like this stocked at home to… errr… have something to serve in case we have unexpected guests. Of course I need to test it first to make sure it’s nice enough. And it was utterly delicious! Soft, moist and rich. And made in Italy, to boot. $2! Will make a point to pick up a few more the next time we’re at Mustafa.

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This post is Day 17 of ‘100 Happy Days‘.

Happy meter: sweet tooth happily sated