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February 1, 2009

It’s everyone’s birthday!

Festivals & Events / Singapore

I am blogging using a dial-up Internet connection, you know the turtle speed, so I’m not gonna upload any photo, er.. maybe one? I’ll just try… still in Ipoh-Malaysia now, but going back to Singapore tonight, so gonna upload more photos later.

Firstly, let me wish you all a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days. Today marks the seventh day of the first month on the lunar calendar. It’s “renri” (人日), the common man’s birthday and everyone grows one year older!

How do Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore celebrate “renri”?

We’ll be eating “Yusheng”(鱼 生), a plate of colourful salad with strips of raw fish (a popular choice is salmon). As you know, Chinese like to give auspicious names to dishes, especially on big occasion like the Lunar New Year. In Chinese, “Yusheng” is interpreted as (余升)an increase in abundance. In Cantonese, it’s known as “lo hei” (捞起 | toss up), families and friends get together and toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying auspicious wishes loudly to mark the start of a prosperous new year. The higher you toss, the merrier it will be. But some folks just become too excited over tossing “Yusheng” that you might get shredded food all over your arms, er… sometimes, you get it on your hair cos the guys just tossed it over your head!


7 Comments Leave your comment

  • infosoftz said on February 1, 2009 9:47 pm

    just dropping by hoping for a link exchange!

  • Borneo Falcon said on February 1, 2009 11:42 pm

    Oh boy! I getting older again…..

  • Austin said on February 2, 2009 10:46 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing your pictures, hopefully there will be lots of good food photos. 15 days of celebrations sounds great…
    Happy Renri!

  • dong ho said on February 2, 2009 5:01 pm

    wow! happy renri. this surely is one big event there. here the china town in downtown manila was as busy.

  • nancy said on February 2, 2009 10:16 pm

    really..i didn’t know about this tradition. wow, i’ve learned something new today. thanks Eunice!

    Have a wonderful day and have a safe trip back to Singapore :-)

  • Cecil Lee said on February 3, 2009 3:08 pm


    You have done it again! Great introductory write on Yu Sang 鱼生, our proprietary CNY dish… LoL! :)

  • eunice said on February 3, 2009 9:30 pm

    Hi All! Thanks for your warm wishes!

One mention, oh great ...
  • Travel By Photo – FGS Dong Zen Temple (东禅寺), Malaysia on May 9, 2011 9:24 pm

    [...] Once again Happy Lunar New Year of Ox 2009! Lunar New Year of Year of Ox 2009 started on 26th January and the celebration is going to last for 15 days, from the 1st day of lunar calender (Nian Chu Yi 年初一) to Yuan Xiao (元宵), the 15th day of Lunar New Year. I had a long 10-day-holidays in conjunction of this our biggest event of the year… LoL ! During this period, we had endless lunch and dinner celebrations with our families, parents and friends, all were of course appetized with our proprietary Yu Sang (鱼生). Our friend Eunice wrote some interesting introduction on Yu Shang. [...]

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