Sunday, March 04, 2007

Chap Goh Meh

My flatmate came in to ask me what should we do for Chap Goh Meh(well, I've actually forgotten about it but luckily he reminded me) today. Maybe I should cook a feast? It's really funny because what's the point of cooking a feast when there's only 2 person eating, namely me and my flatmate. Pointless really......

Anyway, Chap Goh Meh is the last day of the Lunar New Year. It's really amazing why the chinese has 15 days of new year. It doesn't make much sense but I guess it really meant a lot to the chinese back in ancient China.

I realise that in Malaysia, we also take Chap Goh Meh as the Chinese Valentine's Day. So now we have 3 Valentine's day in a year in Malaysia, namely 14 February, Chap Goh Meh and Qi Xi(7th day of the 7th Lunar month). Correct me if I'm wrong and left another Valentine's Day out ok? The point is today is rather bleak for me, since I've just gotten into a fight with my girlfriend and we're still mad at each other. Silly reasons to argue really, but it just escalates, I'm sure most of you would understand how things can get from really small to really big.

Back to Chap Goh Meh, I believe in Penang, ladies would throw tangerines into the river/sea and guys in their sampans with nets would go net these tangerines. One question I would like to pose to Penangites though, how in hell would a person knows that a certain person picks up her tangerine? Or am I missing the point that all these should be random, and let fate decide for her? Weird eh?

Anyway, to all those couples out there, yet another Happy Valentines Day.
To all the bachelorettes out there, Happy Fishing-for-Future-Husband.
To all the married couples out there, Happy Bai Tou Xie Lao(白头偕老).
Now, faster FedEx me those Ang Pows before Chinese New Year ends.

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