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Chap Goh Meh

>> Sunday, March 4, 2007

Tomorrow is Chap Goh Meh. The term is from the Hokkien dialect and literally means the fifteenth and last night of the Lunar New Year celebration. If someone asked me what Chap Goh Meh is all about..the first thing that will cross my mind will definately be 'mandarin oranges' and chinese valentine's day!

On this day, young unmarried woman will cast mandarin oranges into the lake/sea hoping that her future husband will pick it up. Of course, she will first have to write her name and hp number (or perhaps nowadays with e-mail, skype, msn, ym?) on the mandarin oranges so that the man who picked it will be able to contact her to start up with the courtship :) Suprisingly, this custome was originated from Penang and not from China as what i thought of since young. As for me, i never get to try this or even get to see people casting oranges into lake/sea before. Hmm..wonder where is the nearest lake in Kuntan? :)

Chap Goh Meh is also celebrated with 'tang yuen', a sweet glutinous rice ball and guessing of lantern riddles. Lantern riddles are tough! It often makes me feel like i'm a 'mat salleh' among the Chinese community as i would not be able to understand a single riddle at all! (*ashamed)

Tang Yuen
Mum's creation: Tang yuen with red bean paste in red bean soup with sago

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