A Chinese Valentine

Chap Goh Mei (or 15th Night in the Hokkien dialect) is the last day of Chinese New Year. After 15 days of non-stop blasting and feasting, the Chinese New Year celebrations come to an end, tonight.

In a peculiar tradition, maidens throw oranges into rivers hoping the guy who fished it out becomes her life match. As such, Chap Goh Mei is sometimes known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day.

In the old days, it was mostly spinsters throwing the bait. Nowadays, you see many teen girls writing their E-mail and Facebook addresses (with waterproof ink) on Mandarin oranges. Greedy guys would scoop up several oranges at one go and chuck those with names they don’t fancy.

Photographed tonight at Taman Jaya Lake, Petaling Jaya.

Olympus OM-D, ISO 4000, f3.5, 1/30 sec.

A Chinese Valentine

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