Thursday, February 21, 2008

Chap Goh Meh aka Chinese Valentine Day

Today is Chap Goh Meh (pronounced in Hokkien) literally means 15 night actually represents the 15th and the last day of the Lunar New Year according to the Lunar Calendar. In other words, the Chinese New Year officially ends.
(Yes, we Chinese have 15 days celebration of Chinese New Year. But here we only have two days public holidays).

This is the day where one get to see the first full moon of the New Year. That is IF it does not rain tonight. Traditionally, people eat "tangyuan"(rice dumplings in soup) that symbolize the unity of family members with the lighting up of lanterns.

This day is also considered as Chinese Valentine's Day. Young unmarried women would gather around and toss tangerines/oranges into the sea hoping that fate would guide their future husband to pick it up.

This is because in the olden days, young women are not allowed to go out and this night is one of the few occasions where young eligible women dressed to kill impress, were allowed to go out of their houses and perhaps find their future love.

However, nowadays I would think that it will be quite dangerous for young women to just write down their contact information on oranges and throw into the sea/river. Why? Simply because there are a lot of perverts around. Later you see perverts with huge nets to scoop up all those oranges and filter one by one. Dangerous I say.

Nowadays I wont be surprised if I saw oranges written with the following message:

filtering yo

Young women nowadays are very Internet Savvy one. At least two phone numbers with accounts in famous social networking websites such as Friendster and Facebook and even MSN.

Or even oranges with information like the following:

blogger yo

Yep, wont be surprised since blogging is considered the 'IN" thing. Is it?

I definitely will not be surprised if I see something like the following floating down the river.

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Young men are also very paiseh (shy) nowadays

Hey, if young women can throw oranges to find love. Young men too can play the game. Equality of gender remember? No gender discrimination remember?


***Note***
The message on the oranges/banana is meant for entertainment educational purposes only. Not in any way meant to offend anyone.



Anyway, WISHING all of YA

HAPPY CHAP GOH MEH

MAY the FULL MOON
NOT
eludes
YOU
this fine
NIGHT

10 comments:

  1. Hahahahahahahahah...the banana thing~~ waiyoh~~

    Happy Chap Goh Meh!

    Yummy, tang yuan!!! :D

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  2. i totally forgot about the orange tradition until u mention it here. lol. anyway, i hope friendship park is not flooded with oranges. haha.

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  3. haha... to be the last to wish you happy CNY and Chinese Valentine too :)

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  4. such weird ideas with the orange n banana. haha !! tame your imagination !! oh wait .. i did enjoy it quite a lot. :P
    Happy Chap Goh Mei ~~ ;)

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  5. LOL! I wonder if bananas can float..

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  6. cant replace others things instead of banana. nice one.:)

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  7. great idea! next year i'm gonna throw a carton of mandarin oranges with my blog link written on it! wuahaha...besides getting to know guys, i can also increase my blog traffic!

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  8. happy belated chinese valentine day..

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  9. 宝茹: Gals throw orange...Guys of course throw banana loh... =p

    Caca: Hmm, People do throw oranges in Kuching?? THat is inbteresting...

    iCalvyn: Same to you too

    Levian: Happy Chap Goh Meh...Thanks

    3POINT8: Can gua...

    coolku: Definitely banana for guys to throw

    Nux V: Yeah...true also..

    Keeyit: Happy Chinese Valentine to you too...

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