Chap Goh Meh celebrations at Taman Tasik Jaya, PJ

These two single ladies May Chin (left) and Chin Chin write their contact number on the orange and prepare to toss into the lake to seek their future match during the Chap Goh Meh celebrations at Taman Jaya, Petaling Jaya.

The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) hosted the Majlis Mesra Tahun Baru Cina & Chap Goh Meh 2013 at Taman Jaya Lake Garden in Petaling Jaya on February 24.

Chap Goh Meh which means the fifteenth night marks the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year Celebrations which started from Feb 10 – 24 this year.

The rain that came failed to dampen the Chap Goh Meh celebrations as the people of all races came out armed with umbrellas and raincoats to enjoy the festivities

Also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day because it is the night to toss mandarin oranges into the lake by singles in the hope that the fruits would be picked up by their future spouses.

The crowd were treated to packed food and enjoyed the variety of cultural performances such as lion dance, wushu demonstration, Malay traditional dance, er-hu (a two-stringed bowed musical instrument) solo performance, mask changing and magic show among others.

There were also a calligraphy contest and great prizes for lucky draw winners.

The lion dance performance mesmerised the crowd who rushed forward to catch the mandarin oranges tossed by the lions.

The highlight of the celebration was of course the traditional mandarin orange throwing into the lakes by singles in the hope that they will be picked up by their  future spouse.

The event was graced by Selangor state exco Ronnie Liew and attended by MP and ADUN, Petaling Jaya city mayor Datuk Bandar Datin Paduka Alinah Ahmad,  deputy mayor Puasa bin Md Taib and MBPJ councillors.

MBPJ councillor and organising chairperson Tiew Way Keng said: “This event brings the community together across racial and cultural lines.

“The performers are from all ages and races. This is in line with our Local Agenda 21 to promote the concept of inclusiveness. We invited the residents and stakeholders in Petaling Jaya to be part of us either in the preparation or participation in our programmes.

“We hope that this concept and spirit can be continued in all our future programmes which are from the People, to the People and for the People (Daripada Rakyat, kepada Rakyat, untuk Rakyat).”

Single ladies write their names and contact numbers on the oranges and then toss them into the lake to find their other half.
Five-year-old Hong Shaynie join in the fun throwing mandarin oranges into the lake.
Some single ladies choose to throw pomelo into the lake in high hope for their future husbands to pick up.
A crowd gathered to watch the Chap Goh Meh traditions at the Taman Jaya Lake Garden in Petaling Jaya.
Guys patiently fishing for oranges floating on the lake.
The rain did not dampen the Chap Goh Meh celebrations at Taman Jaya lake Garden. Petaling Jaya.
A wushu performance by Chempaka Buddhist Lodge, Petaling Jaya.
The crowd catching the mandarin oranges tossed by the lions.
Selangor state exco Ronnie Liew (fifth from left) and MBPJ councillors did the ceremonial yee sang tossing with chopsticks.


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