Yuan Xiao Jie 元宵节, Happy Chap Goh Mei!

I was told by a well traveled friend that the way to celebrate Chinese New Year varies in different regions of China and outside of China.

He said, “I have learned to not be surprised by the variations. It is a good cultural experience to learn more about the different methods of celebrating as you come across them.”

Hmmm… varied ways for a feel good celebration.

This reminded me how good I felt when we managed to help spread some cheer to Subang Jaya recipients of BR1M before the CNY celebration started.

Did you know that in Hokkien, the mandarin orange is called ‘kam’ which rhymes with ‘ang’ (husband)?

The 15th day of CNY is like Valentine’s Day for the Chinese community, with single adults throwing mandarin oranges into rivers in the hope of finding a life partner.

I found a chant for you if you are searching for one:

Tim kam, chuar hor ang
(Throw an orange, get a good husband)

On this Yuan Xiao Jie (元宵节) , let me take this opportunity to wish you a happy Chap Goh Mei!

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About Gan Meng Foo (颜明富)

Generation X-er for Malaysia: Yes to National Spirit, Acceptance, Social Justice

Posted on February 6, 2012, in Community, Festival, Malaysia, Subang Jaya and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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