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I’ve been to a lot of spas that promise the fountain of youth but I’d never heard of the Peaches of Immortality. I had to go to the Montreal Lantern Festival in the Chinese Gardens of the Montreal Botanical Gardens to find out about this.
The Peaches of Immortality only ripen every 3,000 years. (They also look more like turnips if you ask me, but that’s just my opinion.) Unfortunately, you’re not likely to catch one at it’s prime, so you can probably kiss immortality goodbye.
The mythical Xi Wang Mu, Queen Mother of the West (and you thought Canada’s Queen was Elizabeth, didn’t you?) serves them up at the legendary Feast of Peaches, presumably once every 3,000 years.
Happily, this coincides with the Montreal Botanical Gardens’ 20th anniversary which is also celebrating the Feast of Peaches this year, so you can get a look at the guests. All 1,000 lanterns of them. The list includes such illustrious persons such as the Laughing Buddha, Goddess of Mercy, Jade Emperor, and the Eight Immortals. Now if you ask me, none of these guests need a Peach of Immortality since they’re already immortal. What gives with that? Perhaps life isn’t a peach, after all.
There are other guests such as the immortal tiger above.
The immortal seahorses.
A sad looking panda.
And me. And you, too, if you should choose to attend. Check out the Montreal Tourism website for more info.