All for love: Orange-tossing at the right timing on the 15th day of Chinese New Year

Can I have your name and number on an orange? The practice of tossing mandarin oranges into the sea, river or lake, is a popular activity on Chap Goh Meh especially in Penang and around the Klang Valley.
PHOTO: The Star/ Asia News Network

Make merry on the 15th, and final, night of the Chinese New Year with fireworks and lanterns burning bright.

But as the festive celebration draws to a close, there is one last thing left for some people to do: to write their name and phone number on a mandarin orange and toss it into a body of water, in the hopes that a prospective suitor will pick it up and get in touch.

Chap Goh Meh is also regarded as Chinese Valentine's Day, where courtship and the possibility of romance hangs in the air.

This is one day where modern, newfangled dating options like Tinder end up taking a back seat, if only for a while, because stories from our grandparents' time - whether fantasy, fact or a combination of both - are so much more appealing to the romantic and sentimental among us.

Take Chap Goh Meh, for instance. Word has it that in the olden days, young maidens would stroll the streets in their finest - accompanied by a chaperone, of course.

Young men would gather around in the hopes of catching a glimpse of a potential match, and perhaps seize an opportunity to get to know the fetching young lady a bit better.

Legend has it that on this day, a matchmaker from the moon would tie red strings of destiny on their legs, binding them together for life. A match made in heaven is one that will carry you through your days here on earth.

Today is Chap Goh Meh! Here's what you need to know about the "other Valentine's Day" when single Chinese ladies chuck mandarin oranges into rivers in search of love. We're not sure pomelos count as extra.

Posted by StarLifestyle on Monday, 18 February 2019

The practice of tossing mandarin oranges into the sea, river or lake, is a popular activity on Chap Goh Meh especially in Penang and around the Klang Valley. It is a fun and colourful affair, and over the years, has becomes something that many people "do with (their) friends".

And why not?

This is when, for one night only, hundreds or thousands of mandarin oranges bob in the water, carried by the waves and a fervent hope that somewhere out there, the gods of fate will move heaven and earth to will the "right" person to chance upon what you let free into the world.

Maybe you want to wish upon a star.

Or maybe you are just there to soak up the festivities with your friends. And that's perfectly fine too.

Photo: The Star/Asia News Network 

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