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What is Chap Goh Mei and What Should You Do?

What is Chap Goh Mei and What Should You Do?

“Chap Goh Mei” refer to the fifteenth day of Lunar New Year. On this day, it also marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. It is also regarded as Chinese Valentine’s Day.
Back in the ancient days, unmarried young ladies would dress up and accompany by a chaperone to throw mandarin oranges into the sea. Young men on the other side will take note and arrange for a marriage proposal.

Today, single ladies will write their names and contact on the oranges and young men would scoop up these fruits and connect with the lucky girl they got. The tradition has evolved and doesn’t limit to those who singles. People also throw in fruits with good wishes written on them.

Knowing new friends are made easy these days where you can swipe through different dating apps such as Bumble and Tinder but we can’t deny that this culture we inherited from our ancestors is charming and romantic on its own.

Other than Chap Goh Mei, the Chinese community also consider it as “Yuan Xiao Jie” (The Lantern Festival). One of the major activities is to solve riddles on the lanterns. Lantern of various shapes and sizes can be seen everywhere and it is believed that the brighter the lantern is, the luckier you will be. On this night, you can observe cultural performances, lion dances and a lot of fireworks.

The pandemic has taken a toll on us this year and relationships are more challenging to manage. We can still make a good wish and let’s pray that we can reunite with our loved ones and go out freely as soon as we can!

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Happy Chap Goh Mei

Happy Chap Goh Mei

Time flies when you’re having great fun. Finally, Chinese New Year has come to its last day. Here we would like to wish all our valued customers a very Happy Chap Goh Meh!

1. Love Does Cost a Thing

Traditionally, this day was the only day of the year for young single girls to stroll the streets to meet prospective husbands. They did it by throwing oranges into the sea, and the gentlemen that found it were assumed to be destined with them. The practice became increasingly popular over the years to the point that prices of tangerines and oranges grew significantly — love isn’t cheap, after all.

2. Men Are Going Bananas

The practice of throwing oranges apparently originated from Penang at the end of the 19th century. And up until quite recently, bachelors began participating in this tradition too, but instead of throwing oranges, they’re using bananas to show you they’re the “ripe” one for you.

3. Say My Name, Say My Name

The origins of the name dates back some 2,000 years ago, and is derived from the southern Hokkien dialect — ‘chap goh’ (fifteen) and ‘meh’ (night) — which reflects on the timeline that it’s celebrated during; the fifteenth day of Chinese New Year. However, in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macao, this day is referred to as the ‘Lantern Festival’.

4. End the Day With a B.I.G. Bang

Lanterns, fireworks, and firecrackers are essential elements when it comes to celebrating the end of the auspicious occasion. It’s said that bright lights gets rid of troubles and negativity, which then sparks hope of everyone having a delightful year filled with good fortune and happiness.

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