CNY Lo-Hei Yusheng
Here's some information that I found while researching on Yusheng (with minor changes). ------------------------------------
Renri (人日, literally Human Day) refers specially to the 7th day of zhengyue(正月, the first month in the Chinese calendar). According to Chinese customs, renri was the day of creation of human beings. It is celebrated not only in China, but also other regions influenced by Chinese culture. In Chinese myths, nüwa (女媧) is the godness who created the world. She created the animals on different days, and human beings on the seventh day after the creation of the world.
Modern-Day Yusheng (from NLB's Infopedia):
Today's colourful version of Yusheng and the practice of eating it on the seventh day of Chinese New Year appears to be unique to Malaysia and Singapore. Four local chefs are credited for developing Yusheng as we know it today. They named the dish "Lucky Raw Fish" and popularised it as a New Year delicacy. The chefs are Lau Yeok Pui and Tham Yui Kai, master chefs at Lai Wah Restaurant along Jalan Besar, and their good friends Sin Leong and Hooi Kok Wai. They had previously been colleagues at the Cathay Restaurant at Cathay Building.
Arranged on a large serving plate, the colourful array of ingredients include raw fish which is traditionally ikan parang or "mackerel", shredded green and white radish drained of liquid, shredded carrots adding a bright orange tinge to the dish, pickled ginger, crushed nuts and pomelo. The ingredients are topped with various condiments including deep-fried flour crisps, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, cinnamon, pepper and other spices. All at the table would then jointly toss the salad with a generous portion of plum sauce and cooking oil to add sweetness and taste.
Rituals and Meanings
Step 1: All at the table offer New Year greetings.
Step 2: Fish, symbolising abundance or excess through the year, is added. Words: Nian nian you yu 年年有馀 and You yu you sheng.
Step 3: The pomelo is added over the fish, adding both luck and auspicious value. Words: Da ji da li.
Words: Zhao cai jin bao.
Words: Yi ben wan li and Cai yuan guang jin.
Step 6: Carrots are added to the fish indicating blessings of good luck. Words: Hong yun dang tou.
Words: Qing chun chang zhu.
Words: Feng sheng shui qi and Bu bu gao sheng.
Words: Jin yin man wu.
Step 10: Sesame seeds quickly follow symbolising a flourishing business. Words: Sheng yi xing long.
Words: Pian di huang jin.
Words: Lo hei which is Cantonese for "tossing luck".
Hope you'll have fun tossing the salad! :)