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Chap Goh Mei! Firecrackers, Temple Offerings, Lion Dances – Celebrating the End of CNY in Malaysia

Submitted by on February 19, 2019 – 4:43 pm One Comment
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Chinese New Year is a long and elaborate holiday. In fact, it lasts for 15 days, and the final day has lots of names. It’s known as Chap Goh Mei. It’s also the Lantern Festival. AND it’s Chinese Valentine’s Day. There are super-loud firecrackers, exciting lion dances, extensive temple offerings and rituals, PLUS Mandarin Oranges to find your one true love. What is a traveler to do on such an important day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Me, I did what I always do. I made some vague plans, went for a walk, and hoped to have small adventures along the way. And it worked out very well. My first stop was the 130-year-old Guandi Temple, dedicated to the God of War. From there, I roamed Chinatown and stumbled across quite an astonishing lion dance topped off with 88-foot strings of fireworks (2 of them!). That’s 176 feet of the loudest fireworks you can imagine. My morning ended there, as does this video.

In the afternoon, I went to the Suria KLCC mall to take in the Petronas Towers (the tallest twin towers in the world and once the tallest buildings in the world) and another lion dance. My time at KLCC and the Petronas Twin Towers is in the next video. There was one Chinese New Year Chap Goh Mei tradition I did not experience – the search for one’s true love with Mandarin oranges. But that leaves this tourist with something to do next year.

CNY Lion Dance #3!! Catching Lucky Oranges at Petronas - Tallest Twin Towers in the World
Good Food & Camera Shopping in Pudu, Kuala Lumpur

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  • CL says:

    Following your link in YouTube, I found your blog. The video of your search for lion dance on chap goh meh is both interesting and insightful. In the old days(when there was landline phone, worse still mobile phone) boys and girls can hardly meet. So, throwing oranges into the sea was as symbolic way for them to come out. Significant of throwing oranges was to bring good charm or luck for girls to meet their future husbands. I, myself, had no chance of enjoying throwing oranges into the sea when young as oranges were beyond our means in the 1970s and 80s. So, there wasn’t any experience on my part in search of true love with oranges, ha, ha, ha!
    CL

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