Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Chinese Festivals - Chap Goh Meh

Sunday the 4th of March is the 15th day of Chinese New Year. It is also a festival celebrated by the Hokkien community in Penang, Malaysia (and possibly the Hokkien community in other parts of Asia).

Some people call it Chinese Valentine's Day, but this just shows that they don't know much about the Chinese, who are about as romantic as sea anemones.

Sea anemones who really, really, really like gold.

Anyway, during Chap Goh Meh, unmarried women go and throw oranges in the sea (or river) and wish for good husbands.

In the old days (i.e., before HotorNot.com), this was one of the few occasions where they were allowed out of the house, and the young men in the town could have a peek at them. They were usually accompanied by fierce aunties and old nursemaids, but I doubt that this would have dissuaded any young Lotharios.

I would like to promote an updated version of this festival, where women get to take a 2kg bag of citrus fruit to the beach, and hit the men they like on the head with oranges until they pass out. Playground rules. You concuss 'em, you keep 'em.

And it's better for the environment :)

Cartoon by an9ie. Furtive pen on notepad paper, orange coloured in digitally.