Shou Xing - God of Longevity
This character represents 'long life'. According to Chinese folklore, Longevity is described as wise, knowledgeable and capable of ruling the world. During festivals, a Chinese family normally worships the symbols or pictures of Longevity to express gratitude for granting the elders in the family a long life.
When old people celebrate their birthdays, families and friends love to use the drawings of Shou as gifts. Pictures of Shou were often drawn on birthday cakes. Such a gesture would embody the filial wish that family elders or birthday person might live as long as the legendary mountains of the south, with health and good fortune to match.
It was Grandpa's birthday in Ipoh a few weeks ago...and I had returned home for the big family party with a small cake in hand.My little guy had the bald bumpy forehead, the large earlobes... the peach of immortality and was ushered in by a adorable giant tortoise; a symbol of long life for the Chinese.I'm far from knowledgeable in terms of Chinese gods or Taoism for that matter; but I still do hold our culture close to my heart.
Grandpa was thrilled and so very proud of me.... ahh it was so sweet.
Sis and I love our Grandpa!**I can't take all the credit for this design. Thanks "Ah young" for the inspiring idea. :)