A birthday cake without candles

During many Chinese holidays, but especially at New Years, food represents our wishes and hopes for the future. The themes are almost always around happiness, wealth, health, and off-springs. Noodles are one of the must-have celebration foods in birthday and new year parties.

As noodles are always in the form of long strings, they are symbols of longevity in Chinese culture and are therefore indispensable at birthday and New Year parties. They are as much a part of a Chinese birthday celebration as a birthday cake with lit candles is in many countries.

The proper way to eat the noodle is to not break the long strand, but consume it whole. For, to break the noodle would mean you are breaking your luck and chances at a long and healthy life.

The longer the noodle, the longer the wish you bestow upon your guests for a long and healthy life.