RenRi falls on the 7th day in the first month on the Lunar Calendar.
According to Chinese myths, nüwa (女媧) is the godness who created the world.
She created the animals on different days,
and human beings on the seventh day after the creation of the world.
So hence, RenRi is everybody’s Birthday!!
In Singapore, it is common for people
to eat YuSheng (Prosperity Toss Salad) on Renri.
The kids had so much fun tossing YuSheng that they want to share
The Art of Eating YuSheng!
Step by Step Guide:
What to say when tossing YuSheng
Step 1 – When dish is placed on the table.
Say 恭喜发财, 万事如意 “Gong Xi Fa Cai”, “Wan Shi Ru Yi”
(Congratulation and may you be prosperous)
Step 2 – Add shredded Carrots to the dish
Say 鸿运当头 “Hong Yun Dang Tou”
(May good luck be fast approaching)
Step 3 – Add shredded green radish to the dish
Say 青春常住 “Qing Chun Chan Zhu”
(May you stay Forever Young)
Step 4 – Add shredded white radish to the dish
Say 歩歩高升 “Bu Bu Gao Sheng”
May you effortlessly reach higher level with each step aka Job Promotions.
Step 5 – While squeezing the lime over the fish.
Say 大吉大利 “Da Ji Da Li”
(Wishing you Good luck and blessings)
Step 6 – Place the fish over the shredded carrots and radish.
Say 年年有余 “Nian Nian You Yu”
(Wish you abundance in wealth every year)
Step 7 – While sprinkling Pepper over the dish.
Say 招財進寶 “Zhao Cai Jin Bao”
(May you attract wealth and treasures)
Step 8 – While sprinkling Cinnamon Powder.
Say 五福临门 “Wu Fu Lin Men”
(May the five blessings descend upon your home)
Step 9 – While pouring the Peanut Oil.
Say 一本万利, 财源广进 “Yi Ben Wan Li”, “Cai Yuan Guang Jin”
(Prosper with 10,000 times of profit with your capital,
and have Numerous sources of wealth)
Step 10 – Add In Peanut Crumbs
Say 金银满屋 “Jin Yin Man Wu”
(May your Household filled with gold and sliver)
Step 11 – Add In Sesame Seed
Say 生意兴隆 “Sheng Yi Xing Long”
(Wishing you Prosperity for your business)
Step 12 – While pouring Plum Sauce.
Say 甜甜蜜蜜 “Tian Tian Mi Mi”
(May sweetness enters your life)
Step 13 – While pouring the crackers.
Say 满地黄金 “Man Di Huang Jin”
(May your floors be covered with gold)
Final Step – While tossing the Yu Sheng.
Say 越捞越起, 捞到风生水起 “Yue Lao Yue Qi, Lao Dao Feng Shen Shui Qi”
(Toss higher and higher till the wind and the oceans
rise up for a good year ahead)
Everybody should toss the YuSheng 7 times
while shouting Loud Auspicious New Year Wishes.