During Chinese New Year season, Singaporean has this unique tradition that I haven’t encountered or witnessed in any of the traditional Chinese families in the Philippines called the Lo Hei or the Prosperity Toss. Lo Hei was popularised by Singaporeans around the 1960s-1970s. A few countries finally catches up with this tradition. It is the tradition whereby a group of people or a family would gather round this big plate of shredded vegetables, sauces & strips of raw fish. They will mix up all the ingredients and toss up the ingredients in the air with chopsticks while shouting auspicious wishes for the New Year. This is to attract and increase abundance and prosperity for the New Year.
We did our own Lo Hei in our clinic a few days ago. Lo Hei is preferable done around the 7th day of Chinese New Year (Chinese New Year is celebrated from 1st to 15th Day) though it can also be done anytime within the Chinese New Year.
Look at this pretty shredded vegetables.
Adding sesame seeds which signifies prosperity for business, peanut crumbs which means having a household filled with gold & silver, a dash of pepper to attract more money and plum sauce for a sweeter life.
Add the raw fish. We used salmon. Fish usually the symbol of abundance. More fish, more abundance. However, this poor pregnant lady is unable to eat the raw fish. Boo Hoo!
Toss and toss up in the air. The higher the toss, the better because it will signifies the height of growth of your fortunes for the year ahead.
Shout auspicious wishes for New Year. “More money!” “Success in work”. “Love and Happiness in Marriage”. ” Healthy Baby” and many more.…
More Abundance! More Prosperity! All the best for everyone for the Year of the Green Wooden Horse!