Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Chap Goh Mei - 15th Day of our Chinese New Year, Taman Jaya Park

Venue: Taman Jaya Park
Also known as: Kelana Jaya Lake Park
Located: Near Tenaga, and opposite Amcorp Mall
Event: Chap Goh Mei celebration

Chap Goh Meh or Tzap Goh Mei (Chinese: 十五暝; pinyin: shí wǔ wěi; literally "fifteen night") represents the fifteenth and final day of the Lunar New Year period as celebrated by Chinese migrant communities.
The term is from the Hokkien dialect and refers to the fifteenth day of the first month, which is the occasion of the first full moon of the New Year.
The occasion is marked by feasting and various festivities, including the consumption of tangyuan. In traditional Chinese culture, it is also celebrated as the Lantern Festival or the Shang Yuan Festival.
In Southeast Asia, however, it coincides with the Chinese Valentine's Day. It is also when young unmarried women gather to toss tangerines into the sea, in a hope that their future spouse will pick it up – a custom that originated in Penang, Malaysia. In the past, this was also the only day that unmarried ladies could be seen with their partners.

Last chance to get some "kums"!

A sea of people gathered at the park ... fabulous! Thanks to L for bringing me here ... for the first time, ever!


Some went further then throwing kums, there were those who wrote love messages on little "sail boats"!

There were also those who brought NETS to catch oranges / "kums" in the hope of finding a loved one :-) What a tradition!

Thus ended my Chinese New Year this year ... :-)


Life for Beginners said...

Hehe, so cute. I didn't realise they still did this! :D

Julian Si said...

Thanks :-)

Just checked out your space in cyber...space! Good writing, nice blog, great photos!