In many Chinese households, when a baby reaches one month old, it will be celebrated by preparing boxed meals of ketan kunyit (turmeric sticky rice) and kari ayam (curry chicken).
Usually, the meal will also include one hard boiled egg dyed with red color, and one ang ku kue (red tortoise cake).
These boxed meals are then distributed to relatives and friends by the happy family so everyone get to celebrate and wish for the baby’s good health throughout his/her life.
Living so far away from most of my family and friends mean it has been ages since I receive this meal, so I decided to make it and just enjoy it, sans one month old baby. 😀
The one month old celebration tradition
Back in the days when infant mortality rate is high, many family goes all out to celebrate the day when their baby turns one month old. This was because if a baby can succesfully pass the one month mark without any hitch, the chance of the baby surviving into adulthood is going to be high. At least, that was the believe in the old days.
Back in the days, outsiders don’t even get to see the baby before this day. So the celebration is the very first time people get to meet the baby and even the mother since giving birth. Friends and relatives that are invited to the celebration bring gifts, and the family will distribute this boxed meal set to all well-wishers.
Nowadays, many families don’t prepare these boxed meal at home anymore. Instead, there are caterers that offer the one month old celebration package to make thing easier.
Not just for celebration
I was always happy when I received this one month old celebration boxed meal. I simply love the ketan kunyit and kari ayam that is almost always included. But if this combo is such a win, I don’t see why I can’t make it more often at home, just to be enjoyed because it simply is good food.
Of course, if you happen to have a healthy one month old baby and want to celebrate, feel free to make this and share your happiness and joy with family and friends.
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