Today is the sixth day of the lunar new year, common known as “the people’s day” or “everyone’s birthday. In Singapore, we celebrate it by having Yu Sheng – the celebratory tossing of good fortune.
Well, but I am not in Singapore? I am in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with a friend visiting our three sponsored kids at their orphanages. Today, my friend saw his kid and I will see mine tomorrow. It was meaningful way to celebrate “everyone’s birthday”, with 40 kids in an orphanage in Kampung Spue, 2 hours away from Phnom Penh.
There were no tossing of salads, just meaningful time spent with the kids. We sponsored a special meal that featured Cambodian free range chickens and it was really good.
While my friend spent time with his kid, I had a few children hanging around me all the time. There was one hilarious scene when I felt tired and decided to sit on the floor leaning on a wall. A few kids joined me on the floor. Two used my lap as a pillow and I had as many as five kids sleeping besides me.
So I did celebrate “the people’s day”. I celebrated humanity by being with people who need people.