Wednesday, 13 February 2008

人日 – rén rì – Everyone’s birthday

The seventh day of the Chinese New Year is everyone’s birthday, the day when everyone becomes one year older.

The first character 人, rén means a person. rén has a 2nd or rising tone.
We have seen this character before in 铁人三项 – tiě rén sān xiàng – Triathlon.

The second character is 日, rì meaning a day. It is pronounced rur, with a 4th or falling tone.

On this day it is traditional to eat 鱼生, yúshēng, a tossed raw fish salad.