MBPJ and Selangor reps in Chap Goh Meh bash

Chap Goh Meh or Tzap Goh Mei (Chinese: ???; pinyin: shí w? míng; literally “fifteen night”) represents the fifteenth and final day of the Lunar New Year period as celebrated by Chinese migrant communities.

The term is from the Hokkien dialect and refers to the fifteenth day of the first month, which is the occasion of the first full moon of the New Year.

It is marked by feasting and various festivities, including the consumption of tangyuan and kueh keranjang.

In traditional Chinese culture, it is also celebrated as the Lantern Festival or the Shang Yuan Festival.

In Southeast Asia, however, it coincides with the Chinese Valentine’s Day, when young unmarried women gather to toss tangerines into the sea, in a hope that their future spouse will pick it up – a custom that is said to have originated in Penang, Malaysia.

In the past, this was also the only day that unmarried ladies could be seen with their partners. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chap_Goh_Meh)

Now, for the first time ever, six Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) local councillors and several Selangor state assemblypersons have joined hands and their respective social allocations to organise a Chap Goh Meh event.

Come one, come all!

Date : February 17, 2011
Time : 2000 hours to 2300 hours
Venue : Tasik Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (opposite Amcorp Mall).