Wishing everyone Happy Birthday on the 7th Day of the New Year!
According to our Chinese customs, renri (人日, literally Human Day) was the day human beings were created.
This is new to me : According to Questions and Answers on Rites and Customs (答問禮俗說) by Dong Xun in Jin Dynasty, the days on which different animals were created are:
First of zhengyue : Chicken
Second of zhengyue : Dog
Third of zhengyue : Boar
Fourth of zhengyue : Sheep
Fifth of zhengyue : Cow
Sixth of zhengyue : Horse
Seventh of zhengyue : Human
zhengyue : First month of the Lunar calendar
We avoid killing the animals on the respective birthdays of the different animals on renri.
Nowadays we celebrate renri (人日) as part of the Chinese New Year. Auspicious food like "7-vegetable soup" (七菜羹), "7-vegetable congee" (七菜粥) and "Jidi congee" (及第粥) are specially prepared for this day.
For Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese, we eat "7-colour sliced fish" (七彩魚生) instead of "7-vegetable soup". :)