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Mei Xiang, mother of giant panda cub Bei Bei, eats Bei Bei's birthday cake at the National Zoo in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, during a celebration of Bei Bei's first birhtday. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

National Zoo celebrates Bei Bei with traditional Chinese ceremony


The National Zoo's youngest giant panda, Bei Bei, just celebrated his first birthday in style!

The zoo's birthday party, which included a traditional Chinese ceremony, was held on Saturday. 

Bei Bei was born on Aug. 22, 2015. 

As part of the traditional Chinese ceremony, the zoo placed three banners with symbols painted on them in the panda yard. 

The poles supporting the banners were slathered in honey and Bei Bei's mother, Mei Xiang picked the one with a red knot, which symbolizes luck and friendship. 

Bei Bei also celebrated with a giant panda-friendly cake. It was made from diluted fruit juice, mashed leaf eater biscuits, apple and pear pieces. 

According to the National Zoo's Facebook page, the cake weighed 100 pounds and took two weeks to make. 

Here's a look at how it was made:

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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