Tomorrow is Chap Goh Meh. Being kiasu, I had cooked the mandatory pengat today. Go drool over at my food blog.
In case, you did not summon enough courage to woo your girl/guy on Valentine’s Day, you can have one more last chance to do so on Chap Goh Meh. That is, if you are Chinese.
I will not go into details about Chap Goh Meh because you can read about it here. But basically, on Chap Goh Meh, when the moon is at it’s hiau-est (brightest), young ladies threw rotten, mouldy oranges into the sea and make a wish in Hokkien ‘tim kam, chuah ho ang’ Meaning, throw orange, make a wish to marry good husband. And the young men will throw drums (deng, where to find drums to throw eh?) and say ‘tim lor kor, chuah ho bo’ (throw drums and get good wife, it rhymes in Hokkien).
Gee, I hate all these mushy things but our Penang State Government hold a yearly tourism affair for Chap Goh Meh and I got the reminders over the papers. A few years back, a guy friend, Soon How told me he actually witnessed an old spinster threw an orange into the Air Itam river (more like longkang now). He sweared and sweared that he saw it with his own eyes. Hope that woman found her dream by now. Or maybe she had thrown herself into the sea due to loneliness.
MunKit has termed Chap Goh Meh as the Chinese Valentine. So, go on, woo that girl/guy. And dey, MunKit, remember to throw a drum into the sea, ok? You will sure find a wife like a barrel of a drum with voice loud like a drum which will burst your ear drum.