The Peranakans - Bridal Chamber

 

Introduction
Introduction

Ancestral Hall
Ancestral Hall

 Bridal Chamber
Bridal Chamber
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Costumes
Childbirth
Birthdays
Interesting Facts

 Living Room
Living Room

 Kitchen
Kitchen

 Bedroom
Bedroom

 Library
Library

 Bibliography
Bibliography

 Credits
Credits

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 Birthdays

     Though we may celebrate our birthdays yearly, the first major birthday celebration for the Peranakans is held on their sixtieth birthday. The number sixty may have been chosen because of the sixty-year cycle which is based on the Chinese lunar calendar.

Birthday Mee

      Besides other Peranakan dishes, noodles are often served as a special birthday dish as noodles signify longevity. Also, it is customary for the birthday person to give their offsprings and other related family members an ang-pow (red packet) each, upon receiving birthday wishes (a standard greeting wish would be for longevity).

       Even in the modern society of today, some of these practices are still observed. Birthday noodles are still served as a birthday dish at home and even in certain Peranakan restaurants.