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Feb 9, 2011

இ “人日” *Human Day*

The future is so extremely bright..
Today is 正月初七是“人日” or *Human Day* or Man-days, the seventh day of the first month of the lunar year, also known as "Man wins Festival", "people feast", "Population Day", "seven people" and so on. Anyway “Happy Birthday Everybody” its our birthday and the future of this Year of Rabbit is gonna be so bright even the rabbit needs to wear sunglasses. Sorry for the late post got held up with the reformatting of my laptop thought to give my lappie a hopping start on the opening day of work.

According to the old tradition in Guangzhou, China on the 7th day of the first month of the Lunar Calendar, the villagers of Chaozhou-Shantou have this custom of seven dishes to give them the auspicious colors on the 7th day of Chinese New Year – (1) Onion (2) Garlic (3) Lettuce (4) Celery (5) Mustard (6) Spring Cabbage (7) White radish carrot and each vege would have a special meaning. Over time the chefs in *Malaysia and Singapore (*in alphabetical order as both countries are at loggerheads claiming to be the very first*) capitalised the idea of the 'seven dishes' and 'tossing' the 鱼生 {yúshēng} or yeesang in Cantonese. Apparently the latest news I saw over the TV, Shanghai is beginning to catch on the tossing fever and restaurants are rolling out 鱼生 {yúshēng} from RMB100 per dish.

A four-leaf clover
Image courtesy of wikipedia
The Chinese people have their ways to rely on vegetables to get lucky and prosper what about the Westerners? Heard of rabbit's foot, four leaf clover, horse shoe or good luck charm? Even my Malay associate do believe in leaf power which she gave me a kind of *daun* leaf (sorry cant remember the name) to be kept in my pocket during our powerpoint presentation, said to give us a better edge in winning the contract which we did. Well well believe it or not it could be the leaf power, or our great product and superb presentation? Myth or superstition?  If you beleaf in it, it will come. Bananaz Beleaf It Or Not!



Now who is always lucky? Sir Cliff Richard don't need a four leaf clover, rabbit's foot or good luck charm or even fengshui but Lucky Lips..

♫..I know I just can't lose
When they spin that wheel of fortune
All I do is kiss my chips
and I know I'm bound to win, yeah
'cause I've got lucky lips..♫

Fengshui do play an important role in one's person luck and we have read so much from blogger panda foongpc on his fengshui tips by Lilian Too & Joey Yap. Something interesting about the one word in fengshui. Are these two Chinese words in simplified version the same ~ 风=凤? Maybe to those 'mangoes' aka 'Chinese educated Chinese' would spot the difference almost immediately but not Bananas. Anyway dont *small look* 小看xiǎo kān, and underestimate the Bananas even though they may not know the meaning but quite certain some may have noticed something is amiss. These are totally two different words with merely one stroke lesser in the word on the left.

They sound almost the same, look quite like twins but certainly and absolutely 风≠凤 thus the below is self explanatory.


A stroke could be deadly to a person just as deadly in writing towards the meaning of {风 fēng [風] as in Wind} and {凤 fèng [鳳] as in Phoenix}, as its a heaven and earth disparity in meaning. Never to take things for granted with the Chinese simplified version of writing. It could be disastrous if left unchecked. Imagine on an auspicious day for the installation of signboard it could end up as bad omen if the signboard needs to be taken down for amendment due to misspelling. Would expect the worst three little words of unhappiness ~ 'Choy! Choy! Choy!'

Emoticon Banana angel bailando

49 Bunchesஇ:

[SK] said...

yeah, happy birthday to bananaz!! today is everyone's birthday.. and have you wonder why today is everyone's birthday?? yeah, you know it's "human day", but why human?? that's because the chinese believe that human is created on the 7th day.. i know the 1st day is chicken, and then we have dog, pig etc..

[SK] said...

but i really didn't know about the seven colorful dishes you mentioned woh.. instead i only know those seven colorful condiments in the yee sang.. and i guess that alphabetical order is also in the right order where this thing was invented.. it's just like S always claim they are the owner of hainanese chicken rice, haiz!!! BTW, of course M owns lao sheng because S call theirs lao xi, hahahaha!!! :D

[SK] said...

haiz, definitely SK can differentiate between 风 and 凤 what, SK is such a pure mango topped with mustard you know?? haha!!

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

May rabbit year bring you more luck & prosperity this year

Small Kucing said...

Happy Birthday to you too

Merryn said...

Happy Birthday Bananaz.. but then again. it's Human day.. not Bananaz day :P

U n Panda are fengshui masters.. I know nuts bout all these! Me Cina bodohs.. haha..

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Does East meet West as in the 7th Day = 7th Heaven of Happiness ? Anyway, be happy everyone! it's Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

reanaclaire said...

Happy Humans or Yan Yat day to you!!

wenn said...

interesting! Happy birthday to all!

Bengbeng said...

i got fengshui plants n fish to do the stuff..keep misfortune away

suituapui said...

Eyewwwww.....Cliff Richard? LOL!! You have lucky lips or not? Muahahahaha!!! I want lucky at TOTO better. Hehehehehe!!! Happy Birthday to you too.

khengsiong said...

Oh... so you mean, yeesang was invented in MY/SG, but has made its way to China. I thought the proud Chinese would say that this is not authentic Chinese food?

eugene said...

人日快乐。。。心想事成。。。。

Yvonne said...

Happy belated birthday, Bananaz (and to everybody else) ! !

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ 人日快乐. Some sort of connexion with 'Genesis' where Adam was created likewise Nu Wa was made on 7th day sorry not to go in depth into this. Faith is quite individual live and let live.

Yup the hainanese chicken rice and same goes for bak kut teh haha. Wow mango with mustard topping double yellow.

MRC இ This rabbit year gonna be very lucky and bright for everyone tQ.


small kucing இ Happy Yan Yat tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Merryn இ Hi OCBC 'orang China bukan Cina' haha. Bukan cina bodoh lah just no interest in fengshui. You are telling me Bananaz is inhuman? *sobs*

Keats இ The seventh day thingy is mentioned in 'Genesis' not sure ada connect? GXFC.

reanaclaire இ Happy Yan Yat 2u too.

Bananazஇ said...

wenn இ you are back to Ipoh no traffic jam huh..car running well? Happy Birthday too.

Bengbeng இ If you *Beleaf* it will work..

suituapui இ Bananaz got great lucky lips this rabbit year its Bananaz's year mah. Which part of you need me to kizz? Wallet or toto ticket? haha.

Bananazஇ said...

khengsiong இ War between MY/SG on who's first inventor of yeesang not even Great Wall. Not sure of Taiwan gotta ask Nino have they gotten the tossing fever yet. Saw Jam's posting last year that Malaysia had the most CNY songs composed outperformed HKG, Great Wall or Taiwan. Malaysia boleh mah!

eugene இ Yeah tQ Heart thinks things happen (direct translation) haha.

Yvonne இ tQ Happy belated Yan Yat 2u too.

HappySurfer said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai to you, Bananaz!

Love the new word you coined - Beleaf. LOL!

Mei Teng said...

The restaurant I had dinner last night was totally packed out with diners in CNY mood.

Alice Law said...

Well, I believe leave is an auspicious living thing... at least it make me feel better and refreshing whenever I took bath with 'Lok Yau Yip'(pomelo leaves), muahahaha!

Life Ramblings said...

Happy belated birthday to everyone. and enjoy the rest of your CNY with your loved ones. :)

Pete said...

Human day must make more babies....ha ha ha!

Casendra said...

Belated Wishes and hope your CNY is great!

Ishmael Fischer Ahab said...

Wow!

It is the first time I heard about leaf power.

Leaf Power!!! :-D

Bananazஇ said...

HappySurfer இ GXFC believe in beleaf power haha.

Mei Teng இ Was having dinner in Seri Kembangan 'Chen Fatt' restaruant that night and the people are q-ing up to buy yeesang take away.

Alice Law இ Pomelo leaf and the 'ugly' *tai-ko* orange leaf plus 7 color petals are good to strike away 'bad' things so called 'buang shay'.

Bananazஇ said...

Life Ramblings இ Happy GXFC 2U too, soon will be Valentine's Day and then the grand finale Chap Goh Meh. Time is speeding..

Pete இ haha making babies with mi-ku? hehe.

Casendra இ Great holidays and looking towards Chap Goh Meh very soon.

Ishamel இ Yeah leaf power got lots of powerrrrrrrrrrrrrr..haha tQ.

Autumn Belle said...

I offered bananas to Earth God, Wealth God and also Tian Gong, hoping for some Fatt Choy where wealth come in bunches.

When I reach bananaz's blog here, human day over already, but still in time for Chap Goh Meh. Happy English Valentine's Day and also Chinese Valentine's Day!

EastCoastLife said...

For me a Teochew, we have to eat 7 types of vegies on this day. I still keep this tradition annually.

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ Not often heard of offering bananas as for me used to offer to Monkey God while in Penang. Oh V-Day just passed next gonna be Chap Goh Meh and also Chinese V-Day? Not very sure on this day as there is another official Chinese V-Day on 7th day 7 month called Qixi. Wishing you all the great bunches of wealth & abundance.

EastCoastLife இ Great so glad you validated the tradition of Chaozhou-Shantou aka Teow Chew on keeping the 7 kinds of vegies annually. tQ.

MKL said...

Hello Mr. Bananaz. Sorry for my late reply, I was busy traveling to another universe :P I asked my girlfriend about 鱼生 and she said they don't do that in Taiwan, she only knows it from Cantonese. It's an interesting concept. Chinese love to connect food with good luck and prosperity. In the West, we do less so. We have other things connected with that, but not so many like East Asians :)

Bananazஇ said...

MKL இ tQ so its confirmed sort of Taiwan has not catch on the tossing *yusheng* fever which Shanghai did recently at RMB 100 per dish, its good money base on the fact its only strips of veg and a few thin slices of fish. Have a great time starting life afresh with your soul mate.

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