Happy Birthday EVERYONE!!
Today is Ren Ri or Yan-Yat (Birthday of Man or Every-man's Birthday) and everyone is said to grow a year older.
According to Chinese legend, the Goddess Nuwa created chickens on the first day, dogs on the second day, sheep on the third day, pigs on the forth day, cows on the fifth day, horses on the sixth and humans on the seventh day.
Today is the seventh day for Chinese New Year.
Traditionally on this day, families celebrate by tossing a big salad called YuSheng. It is very colorful with many different vegetables and strips of raw fish. The really fun part is everyone tosses the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks and calls out wishes to mark the start of a prosperous new year. The higher you toss, the merrier it will be.
Before the toss...
After the toss!
So today is your Birthday! Happy Birthday to you! Treat yourself to a little something special - a little present... a cupcake... a piece of cake... it is YOUR Birthday!