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Monday, September 24, 2012

Fuk Lu Shou - Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity for the Elderly Birthday

In Chinese Custom and tradition, the 60th Birthday is regarded as a very important point of life.  Most often, the family will celebrate the birthday in a grand party where they will invite most of their relatives and close friends.  After that, a birthday celebration is held every ten years, that is the 70th, the 80th etc until the person's death.  Generally, the older the person is, the greater the celebration occassion is.  

This is because they believe that it is the first and probably the only time in the persons life that their animal sign (chinese horoscope) and element are together exactly as they were on the day they were born.  Usually during the party, a lot of foods that symbolised happy implications are served.  Long noodles always being served as it represent longevity.  Another item that usually being served is the peach pau, which the chinese believe its a longevity symbol too.  I have research more in depth on the chinese symbols and its meaning and found out that "The peach tree is a tremendous Chinese symbol for longevity as well as other auspicious attributes. Each element of the peach tree has significant meaning. The wood of the tree was said to ward off evil, and ancient warriors would craft weapons from the wood. Taoist magic was made with the petals of the peach blossoms - the effects were known to put men into an intense trance of love. It is said that the Peach plant of immortality located in the Kun Lun mountains would produce the fruit only once every 3,000 years. When this happened, the Eight Immortals would gather and eat of the magic fruit, assuring their immortality"  (ref: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/chinese-symbol-for-longevity.html

In Chinese custom, the Fu Lu Shou are the 3 Lucky Gods that symbolises "Good Fortune, Prosperity and Longevity"  and what better way to wish an elderly than to present them with all of this!! :)).  Hence comes the design of my cakes.  Here are the 2 designs (from 2 separate orders) on this themed.  

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The second Cake design is more for female, thus explains the pink cake.  

These 3 Chinese Gods is also called The Three Wise Men :)
Fuk is God of Happiness

Lu is the God of Prosperity
Shou is God of Longevity