In just in the blink of an eye, the 15th day of CNY is already here. Come, let’s celebrate this joyous occasion! Parents, did you know that a few activities are practiced to keep Chap Goh Mei (in Hokkien) traditions alive? Why not spend a few minutes in story-telling mode with your kids. Tell’em of the unique traditions and activities on this day. Hope you all had a blessed new year!
Just like Chinese New Year, Chap Goh Mei is celebrated with lots of fireworks and firecrackers. Various activities are planned to mark this very traditional occasion but did you know in Malaysia, the two mainstays are eating tang yuen and the tangerine throwing ceremony? On this day, tang yuen (glutinous rice balls in concentrated syrup) is eaten during family dinners. This is a symbolic dessert for the Chinese as it represents reunion, family and good ties. At the temples during Chap Goh Mei, people offer prayers to the God of Prosperity to bless their family with good fortune for the coming year.
As evening falls, the most famous activity associated with the festival happens -throwing of mandarin oranges into a body of water. Funnily, while many of us may have imagined that such a tradition is passed forth from China, it is was not! In fact, this interesting practice originated from Penang. This took place some time towards the end of the 19th century. On a yearly basis, a large crowd would flock to the Esplanade of Penang, thus jamming up the roads badly. It is believed that by throwing tangerines into the sea, these young girls would find themselves a good husband. For many, the act of throwing tangerines into the sea also signifies that these women are available for marriage. It is also said that if someone else who sees the floating tangerine in the water and picked it up, that generally means that the single who threw it would be able to find a good spouse.
Till this day, these are the tradition that remain in Malaysia and Penang during Chap Goh Mei.
家长们， 据悉在这元宵节里还盛传些传统的活动哦！在这温馨的节庆里，不妨花些时间给孩子们说说关于正月十五庆元宵的故事吧! 就像华人农历新年，元宵节也是被重视的。民间除了燃放爆竹与烟火，同时也会计划些活动来把这元宵节变得更有意义。但，你们知道吗？在马来西亚，至今还流传着两种习俗来庆祝元宵节- 吃元宵（汤圆）及抛柑活动!
在元宵节的傍晚， 最具意义的活动非抛柑莫属啦！您可知道其实抛柑活动不是源起于中国而是在马来西亚的一个州属—槟城。19世纪初，航运不发达且贮藏设备也没那么先进，蕉柑到 了农历新年的最后一天也即元宵节那天，要不是干涸 或是腐烂就不能吃了，只好丢掉。元宵节不选年糕来抛是因为年糕至少能贮藏3至6个月或更久还能吃。再来，以前的人环保观念不强，执法不严。把蕉柑扔到海里是最方便最直接的，因为隔天，这些蕉柑随波浪而流，很快就不见踪影了。所以啊，在充满诗情画意的元宵节里，丢弃蕉柑的女子若是待嫁少女，肯定会受到邻居少男的注意而趁机搭讪！这。。。就是元宵节在海边只有少女抛柑的由来。