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Long Life Noodles

In celebration of G's 2nd Long Life Noodle Birthday!

Traditionally, a Chinese birthday party is the celebration of a long life and well wishes for even more life. Noodles are a symbol of longevity in Chinese culture. They are as much a part of a Chinese birthday celebration as a birthday cake with lit candles is in many countries! Follow Chinese custom by not breaking the noodles as you eat. (G does an EXCELLENT job of this!)

There are some traditions practiced at a birthday that help a family tell the future of the child. Various items signifying different professions will be placed around the child, such as money, a pen or a book. The the family watches the child to see what he or she touches first. This is a rite of passage done at birthday parties to entertain the guests and to predict the path the child will travel on. You can incorporate this tradition as part of your birthday party by wordlessly placing items in front of guests and then predicting their futures by what item they touch first. (so I put out her Chinese passport, a pen and a twenty dollar bill... she went straight for the passport - G loves her BOOKS!)

Slurp and twirl your way to long life, travel all over the world and HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!


Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

Love it so cute happy Birthday G...

Love the bib by the way Wink wink

Kim said...

Natalie would totally grab the $20 then demand her pig lol

Colleen said...

aw, I love the way she thanked you :)

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