It’s Lunar New Year and I’m reminiscing back to my trips to Singapore with my dear friend and her family. I got to experience two Chinese New Year (CNY) celebrations with them over the past four years. It was awesome! I’m not very familiar with CNY celebrations, as I’m not Chinese and celebrate the New Year on January 1st. I love experiencing different cultures, especially around the world. The CNY celebration is Singapore is definitely different from the festivities here in Hawaii. Singapore goes all out, especially in Chinatown and their shopping malls and restaurants. It’s decorated to the max! They also celebrate for at least a couple weeks, visiting families and whatnot.
It is a tradition in Singapore during CNY to eat a raw fish salad (also called Yu Sheng) and toss the salad ingredients together with your family, as it symbolizes abundance, prosperity, and good fortune.
Here’s an interesting article about this famous CNY salad: http://www.noobcook.com/yu-sheng-chinese-new-year-raw-fish-salad/
Here’s a recipe I found: http://www.mercurynews.com/2011/01/31/lunar-new-year-recipe-yu-sheng-singapore-raw-fish-salad/
For those celebration the New Year, *cheers* Have a blessed New Year!