Look! Someone is celebrating his birthday.
This must be his 21st birthday. No doubt about it.
Why? Do you know that guy?
No. Well, in America, 21 is the age when you're allowed to drink. So, many guys celebrate it in bars.
That's interesting. But it would be really expensive, I suppose. Just think about all the drinks.
No. If it's your birthday, then you don't need to pay a cent. Just blow out the candles and open the gifts. That makes the birthday a special day. Your friends will take care of everything.
Wow. That's wonderful.
What about in China? What'd you do to celebrate your birthday?
Nowadays, it's no difference from America. But in old times, we have traditional ways to celebrate it.
Oh, really? Anything special?
Mother would cook "long-lived" noodles. And for old people, we'll prepare Longevity Peaches. Just for blessing.
Wow, Longevity Peaches! What's that? Real peach?
No. They are made of wheat flour and they look just like real peaches.
Why peach? Is there any interesting tale behind it?
Yes. The Goddess is said to own some magical peach trees in heaven. If you eat peaches grown on those trees, you will never die.
Oh, I know that. The Monkey King once stole a lot of them, which pissed the Goddess off. Cool!