Birthday noodles popular on China's National Day
BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- A custom may take generations to form, especially in terms of choosing symbolic food for a holiday. But a new custom, eating birthday noodles for the National Day, is quickly gaining popularity in China.
First proposed before last year's 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the birthday-noodle initiative is well-received among many Chinese.
It is a widely practiced custom for people to enjoy a bowl of noodles on their birthday as a symbol of longevity. Their family members may also have noodles to share the joy and express their blessing.
The National Day is the birthday of the New China, and "we eat birthday noodles to show our best wishes for the motherland and the people," said Wu Xuemei, manager of a renowned restaurant in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
On popular social media platform Weibo, a topic with the hashtag of "noodle for National Day" posted by the People's Daily had received more than 15.8 million views as of Thursday, with nearly 8,000 people joining the discussion.
Many vloggers and official accounts also took the chance to proudly introduce their local noodles to the whole country and show people's enthusiasm for taking part in the initiative.
The Chinese have been eating and developing various kinds of noodles for thousands of years.
Before this year's National Day holiday, a new book with pictures, recipes, and stories of 365 different noodles from across China, was published by the People's Publishing House.
It also contains more than 170 pieces of teaching videos to help readers make noodles, said the publisher. Enditem