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3 Things You didn’t know about Rén Rì, or Day of Humankind

It’s Everyone’s Birthday

Thus, Rén Rì is traditionally regarded as the common birthday of all humans and the Chinese people take this opportunity to reflect on the year they have had and to show their gratitude for their blessings.

According to ancient Chinese legend, on the 7thday of Chinese New Year, the goddess Nü Wa sat by the pond and while looking at her own reflection, began to fashion small male and female clay figurines in her own likeness and brought them to life.

Yu Sheng is the Dish for Rén Ri

Yu Sheng Yusheng – a dish of raw fish, shredded vegetables, peanuts with seasonings and condiments is eaten to usher in longevity, prosperity and good

“Seven” is the Auspicious Number

Some of the other auspicious dishes include the "Seven-vegetable soup" (七菜羹), "Seven-vegetable congee" (七菜粥) and "Jidi congee" (及第粥) are specially prepared for renri. The Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese use "Seven-colour sliced fish" (七彩魚生) instead of "Seven-vegetable soup".

From all of us at Foodcult, we’d like to wish you happy Rén Rì and may you have a pork-sperous year ahead!

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