Discussion » Chinese Language & Culture » The Sixty-sixth Birthday

  • lijiapanda
    lijiapanda wrote:
    <p>A birthday is an important day, a holiday of one’s own. People attach much importance to birthdays whether they are at home or abroad. <code></code>But in China, there are many interesting customs for birthdays. For example, one’s seventy-seventh birthday is called 喜寿, because the cursive script of “喜” is similar in appearance to the vertical writing of “seventy-seven”. One’s eighty-eighth birthday is called米寿, because the character “米” when disassembled forms the number “eighty-eight” One’s ninety-ninth birthday gets its name from白寿, because the character of “白” is “百” without the stroke “一”.One’s one hundred and eighth birthday is called 茶寿, because the upper part “double 十” of the character “茶” is twenty after being adding together, and “入”in the middle is separated becoming “eight”. “木” at the bottom of the character is “ten” and “eight”, which added together is “eighteen”. With the middle and bottom part forming “eighty-eight” and upper part of “twenty” are combined, it becomes one hundred and eight in total. </p>

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