First time going to celebrate Chap Goh Meh after so many years being a Chinese. Hahaha!!!
The following details of the festival are taken from www.visitpenang.gov.my.
Date: 17th February 2010
Location: Esplanade, Penang
Time: 4pm to 11pm
Organizer: Penang State Government and Astro
Fireworks sponsor by: Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 604-650 5136
The Penang State Government is organizing the 'Chap Goh Meh' celebration or the 15th night of the Lunar New Year celebration on 17th February 2010 at Esplande from 4pm to 11pm.
This occasion signifies the first full moon of the New Year and during this celebration you will find fair maidens gathering to toss tangerines into the sea, in hope that their future spouse will pick it up. Besides that, there will be several cultural performances including a Baba Nyonya performance.
Chap Goh Meh, also known as Chinese Valentine's Day, is a time for young maidens to ride along the scenic Esplanade in trishaws, seeking out their soul mate. As part of the tradition, the women will throw oranges into the sea while wishing for a good husband.
The 15th night of the Lunar New Year is celebrated with much joy and excitment, to mark the end of the festive season.
Fireworks at 10.45pm.
CHAP GOH MEH CELEBRATION
17 Feb 2011, ESPLANADE
4:00 pm - Sales of food begins
6.00pm - Chingay performance
6.30pm - Dragon dance performance
6.45pm - 24 drums performance
7:00pm - Dondang Sayang procession and show
7.30pm - Arrival of YAB Mr Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
- Tangerine Orange Tossing Ceremony with VIPS
7.45pm - Lion Dance on Stilts.
8:00pm - Speecy by Chief Minister of Penang, YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng.
8.05pm - Cultural dance performance
8.15pm - Chinese dance performance
8.30pm - Persembahan artist – artist Astro
10.45pm - Fireworks display
I am looking forward to it! I hope my working hours fly amazingly fast tomorrow so that I can go enjoy the festival sooner! :) :) :)