Tourists looking for love join in Malacca’s Chap Goh Meh celebration
22 FEBRUARY 2016 @ 9:56 PM
BY MICHELE NG
MALACCA: Love was in the air at the Quayside at the Malacca River as tourists mingled with locals to celebrate Chap Goh Meh.
A group of women in particular, were keen participants in the tossing of the oranges ritual, synonymous with the celebration often dubbed the ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day.’
Susanna and Carla Saradeth from Germany who were on the boat expressed their excitement at being part of the celebration for the first time.
“A friend of mine told me the meaning behind the orange tossing and said I would do it while I am here.
“At that time, I laughed it off but I never thought I would actually do it”, Susanna said with a giggle when met today.
Carla also jokingly said that they might get lucky in love after this.
Both Susanna and Carla liked the warmth that they received by the locals throughout the event.
“We were just walking by when we were invited to join and suddenly we were a part of everything.
“It was really cool and the dances and costumes were nice,” Carla said.
Those in attendance were also serenaded by a performance from the ‘Body and Soul’ band while being entertained by the catchy lagu joget by ‘The Serani Teng Teng’.
Present was state Transport and Project Rehabilitation executive committee chairman Datuk Lim Ban Hong, who officiated the event.
Chap Goh Meh is the 15th and last day of the Chinese New Year celebration.
Some of the women tossing oranges into the Malacca River at Quayside during the Chap Goh Meh celebration. Pix by HAIRUNISAH LOKMAN.