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Celebrate everyone's birthday Renri with yusheng from FairPrice

Have a feast during Renri and Yuan Xiao Jie with these treats

You may not know it, but it's time to celebrate your birthday tomorrow.

And it's a special day for everyone else too.

On the seventh day of Chinese New Year, the Chinese commemorate an event known as Renri (People's Day).

This is recognised as the day the Chinese goddess Nuwa first created human beings, thereby marking the collective "birthday" of the human race.

Renri celebrations have taken various forms since the first customs were observed during the Han dynasty 2,000 years ago.

In Singapore, the local Chinese currently celebrate with a tradition unique to our region - a yusheng feast.

Considered a symbol of prosperity and vigour, yusheng as we know it today is actually a relatively recent invention that came about only in the 1960s. Yet, its ubiquity during the festive season shows how endearing it has become to Singaporeans.

While many restaurants boast their own take on yusheng, its foundations are made up of several basic ingredients: shredded radish, shredded carrots, onion and ginger slices, pomelo pieces, crushed peanuts and a sweet honey sauce.

If you are feeling daunted by this long list, fret not.

At FairPrice, there are at least 13 different options available to suit different tastes and budgets.

Treat your family members to something new, like Gold Chef's Golden Fish Skin Prosperity Toss, or find a conveniently-packaged vegetarian option in Spring Toss' Handy Pack Vegetarian Yu Sheng.

You can also choose to indulge in New Moon's Abalone Yu Sheng or prepare for multiple feasts with Spring Toss' Yu Sheng Value Pack which contains enough ingredients to prepare three sets of yusheng.

GOLDEN CHEF

If you wish to elevate your homemade yusheng, Golden Chef's top-of-the-line South Korean Baby Abalones and Australian Premium Wild Abalones are also available at FairPrice.

Or send a blessing over to your loved ones with Imperial's Abalone Gift Set, which comes in three different spicy flavours.

In about a week's time, another special event, Yuan Xiao Jie, will take place on the 15th day of Chinese New Year, which also marks the end of the festive period.

People in Northern China commemorate this day by having glutinous rice balls known as yuan xiao, named after a legendary Chinese palace maid who was reunited with her family on this day thanks to her skill in preparing this dish.

Locally, a closely-related dessert known as tang yuan is enjoyed instead.

You can get the FairPrice Glutinous Rice Ball in an assortment of traditional flavours such as peanut or sesame, or switch things up with Chinatown's unique Glutinous Rice Balls with Mao Shan Wang Durian filling.

Should you be meeting up with friends and family during the remaining days of Chinese New Year, a sumptuous hotpot will be an ideal setting for everyone to bond over.

Enjoy restaurant-quality broths from the comfort of your home with Hai Di Lao Hot Pot Seasoning Assorted, or try your hand at creating your own chicken broth with Sakura Fresh Chicken Halal/Non-Halal.

For added richness, toss in some Fukuyama Frozen Hokkaido Scallops or pair your meal with Tiger Canned Beer (24's x 320ml).

As the Chinese New Year festivities come to a close, the bonding and happiness associated with the season should never depart from our lives.

As such, FairPrice will continue to help make this a reality by providing everyday savings on quality goods, so you can always celebrate the things that matter.

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