There is an old Chinese saying “like the Eight Immortals crossing the sea, each one shows his or her special prowess”. It indicates that people have their own methods while dealing with problems, and use their own capabilities to attend the competition. “the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea” is one of the most popular stories of the Eight Immortals. It is said that one day while the Eight Immortal were drinking at a party on Penglai pavilion, Iron-Crutch Li suggested that they travel on the sea. All the others thought it a good idea, and agreed that each of them should use their own silk to cross the sea without taking the boat. Han Zhongli firstly threw his big palm-leaf fan into the sea, and lay on his fan with his chest and belly naked, floating far away; Iron-Crutch Li dumped his iron crutch, and Elder Zhang Guo dropped his “paper donkey”; Immortal Woman He threw her lotus flower into the water, arousing thousands of red lights at once, then she stood on the lotus and drifted with the wave. Soon after, Lǚ Dongbin, Royal Uncle Cao, Han Xiangzi and Lan Caihe dropped their treasures respectively into the water and showed their talents.
The pattern “the Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea” is created according to this story. In the picture, each of the Eight Immortals makes good use of his/her treasures to cross the turbulent sea. Like other pattern also contains meaning of congratulation on birthday.