Sunday, 14 February 2016

Renri 人日 or Yan Yat 2016

Seventh day of the Chinese New Year
Lo Hei is a wonderful local tradition that stems from the Cantonese dialect, meaning  ‘tossing up good fortune’

The seventh day, traditionally known as Rénrì (人日, the common person's birthday), is Everybody’s Birthday, the day when everyone grows one year older.

In some overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Singapore, it is also the day when tossed raw fish salad, yusheng, is eaten for continued wealth and prosperity.

For many Chinese Buddhists, this is another day to avoid meat, the seventh day commemorating the birth of Sakra, lord of the devas in Buddhist cosmology who is analogous to the Jade Emperor.

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