Chap Goh Meh

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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    perutbesi said,

    Ruth to Anne: The nearest lake in Kuantan is not really a lake 😛 Kuantan River, TC, or Taman Gelora will be good places for such things ;P

  2. 2

    PerutBesi said,

    Anne to Ruth: We should go and give it a try 🙂 I still have some leftover of mandarin oranges in room. Who knows..maybe we get to find our soulmate there 😛

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    real_cranium said,

    chinese’s valentine day?wah, a new one fer me..
    never heard of such story (casting mandarin oranges into lake..)..a nice one
    …and just in case, does it apply to guys?i mean if a guy was to cast the oranges, would it imply the same effect?

  4. 4

    perutbesi said,

    Anne to real_cranium: Normally girls will cast the oranges and guys will get ready with their nets to fish up the oranges. But according to Q,nowadays anyone can cast and pick. Some girls even give it directly to the guys they like and vice versa. Why don’t you give it a try next year? 🙂

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    real_cranium said,

    owh, is that so..(so thats why the girl was blushing all out when she gave me that mandarin orange last, i’ll definitely try it out for the next Chap Goh Meh to come…haha, thanks for the clarification Anne. it was educational.

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    perutbesi said,

    Anne to real_cranium: owh..seems like someone received a mandarin orange…You know what to do, rite?..hehe. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  7. 7

    haha. remembered the jangan ketawa show (moon and dee) they have this baling limau episode. both are old virgin waiting for soulmates. then they meet a guy selling orange tepi lake. the guy says if you throw into the lake then your soulmate will come.

    dee throw first, being kedekut she throw the tester orange (the one displayed so u can have a taste b4 buying). a short guy come. then another one. skinless. then come a baldie (the HK actor. robert eyh his name?)

    moon is not kedekut so she throw a whole orange, a nice one and she gets mustafa kamal (back then in 90’s kire among the most macho guys lah)

  8. 8

    real_cranium said,

    no sweat, just keep those lovely post and mouth watering picture coming and i’ll for sure drop by to enjoy them..i’ll even recommend perutbesi.wordpress to my peers and all… guys are really the owners of iron stomach.

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    Loey said,

    Hmm… guys ready with their net to pick up the tangerines? Then, the fishmen will be the luckiest one lor.. LOL…

    Dont u think writing their names on the tangerines really works? I thought the names will fade away caused by the chemical reaction from the water… then, the Water dragon will take them, peel it and swallow them one by one… 😛 Then, we gotta wish them “Happy Chap Goh meh”! 🙂

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    perutbesi said,

    Anne to bloodhunter13: haha..nice story. Haven heard of it though. Lesson learnt…Don’t be kedekut! 🙂

    Anne to real_cranium: Thanks and yeah!..we are so proud to be one 🙂

    Anne to Loey: Normally, guys and gurls will gather at popular spots during Chap Goh Meh (Teluk Cempedak, Klang River, Tian Hou Temple etc.). Then the gurls will cast the mandarin oranges and the guys will fish it up on the spot. No one will cast mandarin oranges at places with no one else except for her. For the case of fishermen, i guess they shoud be considered lucky if they are able to pick up any mandarin oranges washed away from the shore. Is their luck, rite? 🙂 If it is at the lake, i guess all leftover of the mandarin oranges will get cleaned up by the majlis perbandaran the next morning.

    I’m not sure bout the names fading away coz i haven try it before 🙂 I guess getting a permanent ink marker beforehand should do the trick. Nowadays, people don’t just cast oranges to find soulmate. Some did it for fun, experience or to just mark the celebration of the end of CNY celebration 🙂

    Water dragon..hmm..guess the owners of the mandarin oranges will need to try again next year? 🙂

  11. 11

    i wonder what happened after ppl collect the oranges. suddenly hungry then peel and eat the oranges. heheh 😛

  12. 12

    perutbesi said,

    haha…i bet that person will at least jot down the details first before eating the oranges. Uhm…but i guess no one will be willing to eat those oranges picked from lake/sea, especially if it is from Klang River, rite? 🙂

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