25 February 2015. Singapore. For the second straight year, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore organized the traditional Lo Hei at the Chancery on 25 February 2015 to usher in good health and prosperity during this auspicious year of the goat.
Lo Hei means ‘tossing up of good fortune’ in Cantonese, using Yu Sheng (raw fish salad) that symbolizes ‘an abundance of wealth and long life’. Consisting of white and green radish, carrots, capsicum, turnips, red picked ginger, slices of raw fish (commonly salmon), crackers, topped with a dressing of plum sauce, five spice powder and sesame oil.
The ceremony is widely practiced in Singapore and is popular among business companies in the city-state.
The Embassy personnel gathered to toss the ingredients while saying well wishes out loud to bring in good luck, with the belief that the higher they tossed the ingredients, the greater fortunes they will receive.
Token red “ang paos” were distributed to Embassy personnel to complete the ceremony.