Old ritual alive and well

THE tradition of tossing mandarin oranges into the sea during Chap Goh Meh is very much alive among the younger generation.

KDU College Penang students Ginger Chin Zhi Wei and Racheal Su Pui Yee, both 20 and currently attached, said they would attend the state government’s Chap Goh Meh Celebration at the Esplanade tomorrow.

“Throwing oranges on Chap Goh Meh has long been a Chinese tradition, and we thought it would be nice to soak in the atmosphere,” Chin said.

Su said that it would be their first time doing it.

“The belief is that by tossing oranges into the sea, young maidens will find themselves a good husband.

“But I believe it all depends on who crosses your path,” she said.

They will be joined by college mates Cherry Oon and Lee Ting, both also 20, in scribbling messages and festive wishes on mandarin oranges.

They think it will be fun and are planning on having a good laugh about it.

The Penang Chinese Town Hall will host its annual Malam Chap Goh Meh Festival beginning 6pm along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling today.

The state’s celebration will be at the Esplanade tomorrow, beginning 6pm.

It will feature a series of enthralling Dondang Sayang, chingay, lion and dragon dance performances.

For the first time ever, free food will be served at the open house between 8pm and 9.30pm with a choice of halal food as well.

The Poh Hock Seah clan house in Armenian Street will commence its Chneah Hoey (flame watching) ceremony and pilgrimage around noon today.

The procession will make its way around the city and in Magazine Road.

Thereafter, it will proceed by chartered bus to Tanjung Tokong, and continue by foot to the Hai Choo Soo Temple, for the flame watching ritual set to begin at 11pm.

Tomorrow morning, the Little Penang Street Market at Upper Penang Road will celebrate the 15th day of the Lunar New Year with a multicultural lineup of activities.

Straits Quay is also hosting its Chap Goh Meh Celebration by-the-sea, with events beginning at 6pm at its main lobby, waterfront promenade and floating stage.

There will be novelty and hawker stalls as well as a photo booth.

Activities continue throughout the night with a double lion dance on stilts performance, three-piece unplugged band performance, mask changing, fusion dance, and the eagerly anticipated mandarin orange tossing and catching competition.

On the mainland, Juru Auto-City is hosting The Beat Chap Goh Meh celebration.

Visitors can enjoy appearances by local artistes, games and an LED lion and dragon dance show beginning at the Lovers’ Bridge.

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