Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Human Day 2008 - Wordless Wednesday

Happy Birthday to Every Human!

On the 7th day of our Lunar New Year, it is known as ren ri (人日), literally translated it means Humans' Day. According to our Chinese customs, it is the day when humans were created.

The story I heard from my grandmother was : On the first day, the Goddess nuwa (女媧) created chicken, second day was dog, third day was pig, fourth day was sheep, fifth day was cow, sixth day was horse, seventh day was human, eighth day was cereal, ninth day was sky and the tenth day earth. Since the first few days are birthdays of animals, we avoid killing them on their respective birthdays and we have a vegetarian dish on the 7th day.


For my family who are Teochews, we will have a traditional 7-vegetable dish (七样羹) on that day. We buy 7 types of vegetables and cook them together. These vegetables combined together makes an auspicious dish. Different dialect groups would cook different types of vegetables.

Many Singaporean Chinese families don't observe the traditional custom of this day now. For those who do, they would use the colourful yu-sheng dish (raw fish) to replace the 7-vegetable dish.

Singaporean Chinese use 7-colour sliced fish (七彩魚生) instead of 7-vegetable dish.


潮州七样羹是︰大(芥)菜、高合、芹菜、蒜、春菜、韭菜、芥兰 .... 等蔬菜同煮,寄寓“新(芹)春发(蒜)大财(大菜),久(韭)合各人(芥兰)”的吉祥彩语。

客家人用芹菜、蒜、葱、芫茜、韭菜加鱼、肉等;

台湾、福建用菠菜、芹菜、葱蒜、韭菜、芥菜、荠菜、白菜等。其中芹菜和 葱兆聪明,蒜兆精于算计,芥菜令人长寿,如此种种。


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62 comments:

  1. The last photo looks like an assortment of colored noodles :D

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  2. Those dishes are very colorful...and I think it's nice to have a Human Day.


    Dallas Daily Photo

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  3. Happy Yan Yat! (I nearly forgot.. but nothing much to celebrate also for me..)

    Yes, I'm back to work liao today.. takes a few days to kickstart the human engine after one week no work... aihhh.. i hate the feelin... but, all good things must come to an end...

    Aisay.. how come today i so serious geh.. sumting not right hehe..

    Again, rest well ohh!

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  4. I love the history and culture lessons we always get on your site!!! And the pictures are beautiful, too!

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  5. Happy day to you and I hope all your celebrations are going well!

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  6. San Yat Fai Lok!!!

    7 Veg or Yu-shang all also I want to masuk inside my tummy :)

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  7. What happened to The Rest Day?!!!

    No church, eh? I guess not.. Too many animals..

    Happy Human Day!!

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  8. So chickens were created on the first day ah? serious??
    Happy human day!

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  9. Happy Humans' Day to you! Thanks for sharing this custom with the picture. You taught me something wonderful. God bless.

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  10. Newbie - thank you for the insight.
    Best wishes

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  11. Interesting post here! Love the colorful dishes too:)

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  12. First - never noticed your pic b4 - you're a very pretty lady!

    Second - love the post. Food looks scrumptious too :) Happy WW.

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  13. eastcoast, Have I said Happy New Year to you? Well, Happy New Year! I love learing all this new info about your holiday and customs! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I love your pictures!!! So very colourful... Yummy-looking plate of food too :)

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  15. Happy Human's Day. The veggies look great too. Have a great WW. :)

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  16. here's to all human being!
    thanks for sharing this info. i want to taste the 7-fish dish.

    Morning Sniffles

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  17. Happy Human's Day! Love reading this post, reminds me I'm one! ;)

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  18. Happy Humans Day!! Ho Ho Ho! Btw, how did your CNY celebration go?

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  19. I've had my fill of yu sheng already even tho it's only the 7th day. More coming... :D

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  20. Happy Human's day to you as well.
    love the colorful dish.
    Happy WW!

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  21. Beautiful, vibrant photos. Happy Humans Day to you too!

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  22. ECL!!! Ren Ri we all age 1 year older hor? I thought the older the wiser? How come I sooooo goondu today?!?!

    See my "goondu-ness" here.

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  23. Oh I didn't know got such a custom. Glad you share this with us. ECL, you teochew ar? My mum also teochew leh. Hehehehe

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  24. What an adorable use ! I come over and invite myself, the plate looks soo delicious ! BTW I am a sheep, lol !

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  25. What an interesting ww!! I didn't know all this, I am a chicken :)
    Happy ww!

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  26. Happy Birthday!!

    thanks for sharing the story with me.

    Darn! I think I didn't luo hei this year!!! Siao liao!

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  27. Hi! Thanks for sharing this! Very informative!

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  28. Happy Human's Day! The veggies look so colorful, and yummy.

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  29. This is a fascinating post. I love learning things. Although, I eat lots of vegetables already, its nice to discover new ones. The colors and textures of veggies on this post are very inviting. Many happy returns to you.

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  30. It's a very colorful dish. Happy Human's Day to you.

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  31. I miss the Yusheng... maybe will cut some veg and toss it around...

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  32. wow...it's the first time i heard about this!! coolie!!!

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  33. Very good info. Just learned from your blog.... keep it up.

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  34. Thanks for the wonderful info. That 7 vegetable dish seem yummy :)

    Hope your CNY was a blast. Take care!

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  35. Aw those are lovely kids, and i can tell that the food is some kinda yummy. Happy Valentine's day!
    Hair Cut or Life Cut?
    My Little Funny Boy

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  36. Thank you for this really interesting and informative post. I love learning about other cultures.

    Great photos as well.

    Happy WW.

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  37. gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing.

    happy Human Day 2008

    Mine is up at 4SeasonsOfMyLife
    Hope to see you too. Happy Wordless Wednesday.

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  38. Ohh I never heard of this one before,but I think its a pretty neat tradition... happy human Day and valentines day too..

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  39. I must admit, I did learn something new and very fascinating here. Thanks for bringing this wisdom to the world.

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  40. Oh happy Humans day and happy valentine's day as well. The dish looks so delicous!! i just love asian food, made some today. Wish you could come and teach me!

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  41. Ah! So you don't update every day?
    Best wishes

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  42. I had no idea there was such a holiday. Thanks for all the information and enjoy your special dish.

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  43. Hey, that is very informative. I certainly forgot all about Goddess Nuwa already.

    On the 8th day you said "cereal". Is that the Angmo cereal I eat every morning?

    Me blur leh ...

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  44. I heard that story about how "yan yatt" came about too. Happy Belated Human Day! did you have one vegetarian dish at least?

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