Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Happy Birthday EVERYONE

It is the 7th day of the Chinese New Year..

and according to traditions, it is everyone's birthday, the day when everyone grows one year older.

The seventh day of the New Year is also a day for farmers to display their produce. These farmers make a drink from seven types of vegetables to celebrate the occasion and noodles are eaten to promote longevity and raw fish for success.


Nowadays, the vegetables, noodles and fish are made into a special dish called Yee Sang, where people get together to toss the colourful salad and make wishes for continued wealth and prosperity.

"Yee" means fish
"Sang" means not only raw but also rising and alive

19 comments:

Sally said...

My family doesn't do that...Chinatown here has lion dances and firecrackers and food, lots of food.

biggaysam said...

Happy Birthday!!

(once again.. not invited) :op

John Norton said...

Hey, that's cool. Looks good, too.

makuahine said...

YAY Happy Birthday to me!! So that means I get a birthday every 6 months. HEHE. While that is cool now, I will regret I ever said that come five years... When I hit 25, that's it, my insurance goes down and I'm not getting any older. :)

makuahine said...

Not to say I am 20... that didn't come out right. lol

TR said...

MMmm...I love doing the "Lo Hei"!

msdedi said...

That looks so tempting! Happy Birthday from a sheep

msdedi said...

That looks so tempting! Happy Birthday from a sheep

Agnes said...

Hey, I see a new photo here! So you wear glasses? Me too!
BTW, Happy Birthday to you too. Did you have a fight with anyone on the third day of the New Year?

Ngakaari said...

That looks like fun tossing a salad with some friends making a few wishes for a new year heh.
I wear glasses too I'm shortsighted, I wasn't born it though I got it at about age 15.

-yuni- said...

oo..so that is "yee sang".hehe..last week i was in Sunway Pyramid and i had lunch at Sushi King..There was a Yee Sang promotion, and i was wondering what is that actually..hehe..now i know:)

Animesh said...

Happy Birthday!!
I'm not much of a fan of raw fish, though :(

Raven the Pagan said...

Hi Letti, I'm getting fat just looking at your blog LOL. What more could a man ask for in a wife. You have a great sense of humour, intelligent, and a world class cook. Your furture husband is a lucky man. Rock on Letti.

Sarah said...

Happy birthday then hun, Hope you had a brilliant day. I had no idea that it was all such a big event - sounds brilliant. Hugs

anna. said...

Finally I got to your comments! It took me the greater part of an hour to open this letti...

and all I really wanted to say was "Yay now I finally know what yee sang" means, not that not knowing evre stopped me from eating it.

anna. said...

Finally I got to your comments! It took me the greater part of an hour to open this letti...

and all I really wanted to say was "Yay now I finally know what yee sang" means, not that not knowing evre stopped me from eating it.

Desmond Goh said...

Hahaha.. I had Yee sang before Chinese New year and it has been like almost everyday. Each time you go to a restaurant, they promote yee sang. Did you cook the yee sang yourself? It looks real great. I see that you have a new photo up there. Looks beautiful.

<"3 )~ said...

Happy birthday Letti! YAY! I *LOVE* the new picture! Awesome :) Sorry I haven't commented in a while, but I have been reading :) It was just a crazy valentine's weekend around here.

So where's the picture of the significant other (AKA David)???? Do we have to wait until wedding picture get taken?!

Monica said...

Man I wish I looked at the 7th day blog, It was my birthday and I didnt even know it!!!!