Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development Celebrates “The Year of the Monkey” at Shinnyo-en Singapore Temple with Community Leaders
The Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin, recently joined members of more than 40 other grassroots and faith organizations, including members of Shinnyo-en Singapore, in a Lo-Hei session at the Shinnyo-en Singapore temple in Eunos.
Lo-Hei, also known as Yu Sheng or a “prosperity toss,” is a traditional raw fish salad that usually consists of strips of raw fish (sometimes salmon) mixed with shredded vegetables and a variety of sauces and condiments, among other ingredients. In recent decades, a Lo-Hei session takes place among ethnic Chinese communities to celebrate Chinese New Year festivities in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.
This year’s Lo-Hei celebration was the third for Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who also serves as a Member of Parliament for Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC) based in the central, eastern and north-eastern areas of Singapore. Minister Tan Chuan-Jin was joined by grassroots, community and faith leaders from around the region to participate in the “tossing” of the ingredients for the special commemorative dish. As part of his annual visit to temples located within the Marine Parade GRC (Kembangan – Chai Chee ward) during Chinese New Year, Minister Tan Chuan-Jin visited the Shinnyo-en Singapore temple and other Buddhist and Taoist temples.
Shinnyo-en Singapore practitioners have been active in the community since 1994. More than 1,800 practitioners and their family members regularly participate in events that benefit social causes, at times partnering with like-minded community and religious entities. This includes the annual Lo-Hei session, as well as interfaith talks, sponsoring students who are aspiring journalists, promoting the well-being of elderly patients, contributing to environmental upkeep with the cleaning of public areas and supporting self-help projects, covering welfare, education and social enterprises.