Thursday, March 24, 2005

120 days old? Here's your cookie necklace

On Wednesday Anna turned 4 months old. And when a baby turns four months old there's a Chinese custom that goes something like this:

1. Make a cookie necklace by taking a piece of string and finding donut-shaped cookies. If such cookies cannot be found, use Digestive cookies and poke holes in them (warning, high defect rate).

2. Place cookie necklace over head of 4-month old baby.

3. Take aforementioned baby to relatives. Relatives will then, a. break off a cookie, b. with cookie halves, gently swipe the baby's cheeks, c. say poetic words or proverbs, d. eat cookie halves.

I read nowadays this custom is rarely practiced in Taiwan. I remember asking Taiwanese friends and co-workers about this custom when Griffon turned 4 months old, but they had no idea what I was talking about.

When asked about the reason behind the custom, was told had something to do with preventing the baby from drooling too much. I guess if one thinks about it, this is the age about when babies start teething so perhap a long, long, long time ago when a baby was drooling buckets, some relative got the idea to soak up the drool with some cookies and... a custom was born.


Blogger CMC said...

My son just turned 4mo and my grandmother insists on doing the cookie ceremony. I've never heard of it, and I'm trying to research this tradition so I can explain the history and purpose to my half japanese/half white husband. Your blog on the topic is the only thing I can find. haha thanks!

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