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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Chap Goh Mei


Chap Goh Meh represents the fifteenth and final day of the Lunar New Year period as celebrated by Chinese migrant communities. In the Hokkien dialect, Chap Goh Mei simply means "the 15th night of Chinese New Year". Aside from being tagged as the last day, Chap Goh Mei is also known as the Chinese Valentine's Day.



One of the fun activities that take place on this auspicious night includes the throwing of oranges into the sea by these young maidens. It is without a doubt, the most popular and colorful moment in the history of Chap Goh Mei. It is believed that by throwing tangerines into the sea, these young girls would find themselves a good husband. For many, the act of throwing tangerines into the sea also signifies that these women are available for marriage. It is also said that if someone else who sees the floating tangerine in the water and picked it up, that generally means that the single who threw it would be able to find a good spouse.



While many of us may have imagined that such a tradition is passed forth from China, it is strangely not. In fact, this interesting practice originated from a little Malaysian island known as Penang,Malaysia.

2 comments:

hokkien said...

"...this interesting practice originated from a little Malaysian island known as Penang..."

Really meh? Penang good!

huey mei said...

u dont know meh???