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Published: Friday February 14, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday February 14, 2014 MYT 10:26:45 AM

Chap Goh Meh celebrations start with prayers for families

Timeless beauties: Nyonyas Susan Tan (left) and Tan Eng Eng helping each other to dress up in Lebuhraya Babington, George Town, ahead of their performance.

Timeless beauties: Nyonyas Susan Tan (left) and Tan Eng Eng helping each other to dress up in Lebuhraya Babington, George Town, ahead of their performance.

GEORGE TOWN: The Chap Goh Meh celebrations will start with prayers for many Baba Nyonya families.

The morning of Chap Goh Meh should start with prayers to the ancestors and the deities, said Johnny Chee, a composer of Baba Nyonya songs.

“We will prepare traditional ­dishes such as glutinous rice and pengat, also known as bubur cha cha,” said Chee, 67.

He is part of a troupe which will be performing during the celebration at Esplanade tonight.

State Chinese Penang Association chairman Datuk Tan Gin Soon said the troupe would be serenading the crowd with at least two Baba Nyonya songs, including Dayung Sampan.

“We have been doing it every year for more than 30 years,” Tan said.

The double celebration of Chap Goh Meh and Valentine’s Day at Botanical Garden and Esplanade is set to kick off at 6.30pm today.

Tags / Keywords: Family & Community, chap goh meh, baba nyonya, esplanade

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