The First Man I Love Turned 80!
The Chinese have many traditions and one of them is the celebration of longevity when elderly grand/parents reach the ages of 70, 80 or 90.
You’ve probably seen porcelain statues of the Fu Lu Shou, personified deities (always sold in a set as the 3 Immortals), in departmental stores or Chinese emporiums.
福禄寿 (Fu Lu Shou) is a Chinese traditional religion which dates back to the Ming Dynasty. It is a concept of Happiness (Fu), Prosperity (Lu), and Longevity (Shou).
寿 (Shou) is the Chinese God of Longevity who controls the lifespan of mortals. He is usually depicted as the one holding a peach fruit and sometimes with a gourd attached on a staff. The gourd is said to be filled with the elixir of life and if one drank from it, one would become an immortal. Not easy to get that drop I’m afraid.
However, it is easier for one to consume the divine fruit of the gods, the peach (桃)! Eating the Longevity Buns 长寿包 (Changshoubao) is symbolic to enjoying a long and easy life as well as having victory over the strife that life may present.
That said, having Changshoubao a.k.a. Shoutao (寿桃) is a must for a longevity celebration! Everyone will be blessed after eating it 🙂
Dad’s birthday was on the 5th but everyone had to work so we decided to hold the birthday celebration on Sunday. I wanted to bring them out for dim sum at East Ocean Toechew Restaurant in Ngee Ann City but mom was still not very mobile after her surgery so we bought some food and went over to my parents’ home instead.
The celebration was supposedly festive but we were not in the mood. Less than 12 hours ago, Butter, our puppy got ill. With her still warded, the mood was a sober one. Dad understood us perfectly well. He used to own a silky terrier who died a decade ago. He couldn’t accept another puppy when we offered to buy him one.
Perhaps, Dad made a wish for Butter to recover. Perhaps eating the peach bun gave us victory over this strife. Perhaps, Butter is simply Butter – a fighter! Quizas, quizas, quizas… Butter just got out of the hospital yesterday and we are monitoring her closely. Valerie is now down with fever after a few days of crying and lack of sleep. I am able to pick up the “pen” and blog again although my writing is quite haphazard today 😉
Here’s to everyone’s good health!
Happy celebrating 🙂
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pictures of my dad in Happy Father’s Day post.
P.S. Vanessa said the peach bun looked like buttcrack but it wasn’t funny then. Now Butter you’re back (no pun intended). I find it hilarious while blogging this :p