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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Chap Goh Meh Festival in Penang

Chap Goh Meh in Hokkien known as festival for the fifteenth in the Chinese Lunar New Year. It marks the first full moon of the Lunar New Year and the Chinese community celebrates this happy auspicious occasion with various activities.

The throwing of oranges into the sea is an important part of Penang ’s Chap Goh Meh cultural heritage. Traditionally, unmarried women would toss oranges into the sea. While doing so, hopeful unmarried men would try their luck at catching these oranges in order to meet their future spouse. Many decades back, the Chap Goh Meh Celebration is the only event where unmarried Nyonya women could be seen dressed in their kebaya nyonya either to throw oranges or to meet their sweethearts. But they were of course, accompanied by a family member.

The throwing of oranges into the sea event will be held at the Esplanade, Penang. Beside that, there are Dondang Sayang performers, lion dance and chingay performance.


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