Feb 17, 2011

Happy Chinese Valentines Day! Who want to pick up my orange?

Today is Chap Goh Meh,
15th day of Chinese New Year,
the last day of Chinese New Year,
and also Chinese Valentines Day.

Today, every family would have a big dinner. As usual, crowds of people flooded the wet market. In the wet market, sellers not only sell raw meat and vegetables, they also sell braised pork knuckles and other cooked foods.

A stall of fishmongers have a sweet thought by putting some candies for all to take.

In ancient chinese custom, today is the day singles looking for their love one. The ladies would write their name and contact details on a mandarin orange. In the old days, they didn't have mobile phone or house phone line, perhaps they write their house address on the orange. Then they would throw their mandarin oranges into a lake.

No worries! The guys already await for the oranges by the lake/ in a boat with a net catcher. They would try to pick up the orange from the lake. Whichever orange they catch, the owner of the orange is their destined love. Sweet, isn't it?


Merryn said...

Happy Chap Goh Mei Nana :D

Caroline Ng May Ling said...

Happy Chap Goh Mei to u Naomi! :D haha i dnt believe in dat! :p

foongpc said...

Happy Chap Goh Mei! I'm gonna miss CNY!! :(

CWMartin said...

That is a neat Valentine's custom, but a little risky. Not sure I'd go for it; anyone who got stuck with me would probably wonder if they wrote on an orange or a lemon.

Ghosty Nana said...

Caroline, I know you threw your orange across South China Sea and hit someone's head, making him crazy for you. hehehhe

foongpc, you too. CNY will come very fast one.

CWMartin, hahaha lemon!!! Some people prefer sour.

Bananazą®‡ said...

There goes the 'honeymoon' all good things must end and back to reality after 15th Nite. You're not throwing fishes into the lake with name & phone number written across the body haha. Happy belated Chap Goh Meh.

CWMartin said...

You are a sweetheart! Thank you.