Party Planning: 1 Month vs. 100 Days?
A Red Egg and Ginger Party traditionally occurs soon after a baby’s one month birthday. It was easier to observe this custom in old times, when parents might announce a birth and the end of a mother’s postpartum confinement simply by sending red eggs, ginger and pork biscuits to nearby friends, family and neighbors.
These days, families are more relaxed about when the party is actually held. Parental leave policies, newborn sleep deprivation and other modern considerations make it more difficult for new parents to throw a party when their baby is only one month old. It’s increasingly common for a Red Egg and Ginger Party to take place at the 100 day mark.
Note: It’s also traditional, though unrelated to the Red Egg and Ginger custom, to celebrate the 100th day after a baby’s birth. This 100 day celebration represents the wish that the baby live for 100 years. Consequently, this provides a second reason for Red Egg and Ginger Parties to trend toward the 100 day mark.
Whether you celebrate at 1 month, 100 days or just sometime within the baby’s first year, the spirit and intent remain the same: to welcome a new child among family and friends.