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Chap Goh Meh Nyonyas Photos



A Chap Goh Meh Nyonyas photo review



The Chap Goh Meh Nyonyas Photos shares the activities they held as a yearly event. The Baba dan Nyonya Night out tries to relive the tradition of the past.


Pretty nyonyas in kebayas

In the fifties and sixties, on Chap Goh Meh's night, young pretty maidens of the Nyonya family will be seen out at Coast Road (new name) Gurney Drive or Esplanade.


Aunty Annie with friends

Penang Hokkien calls it Chap Goh Meh, the 15th night of Chinese New Year. Yuan Xiao is what they say in Mandarin.


Tony and Joanna with nyonyas during chap goh meh in Penang

We would celebrate with prayers, houses are brightly lighted with lanterns and sparkling lights mostly surrounding the house, gateways or even five foot way.


Nyonya Coconut shell dance

The fun begins in the evening where two very important functions were held. The Dondang Sayang, a kind of Romeo and Juliet play stuff plus for the young ladies of marriageable age Throwing Oranges Ceremony. Why do they have a night out?


Nyonya fan dance

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Aunty Annie and Joanna during chap goh meh in Penang

Generally, some activities for Penang Chinese New Year are memorable. It is a annual event and age old tradition is revived. Look at some I hold close to my heart.


nyonya antiques

For the New Year, some must do or must have:


dondang sayang

Event on the fifteenth day of our Chinese New Year is unforgettable:


Tourist during chap goh meh


Because even at home, they are seldom seen by men visitors. So there is no such things like boy friend or girl friend "thing". On this night, they are dressed in their best, chaperon by their parents.


chinese hokkien singer

Young man will feast their eyes on all the beautiful maidens being paraded and admires them from afar. These beautiful maidens in the past throws oranges in the hope to get a good husband.


nyonyas performance

In turn as the story were told to me, man actually rows their boat to catch the oranges thrown in by the maiden. The man who catches the most oranges is the winner and that gets him noticed too. The "kuah ching' can happen on Chap Goh Meh.


Keronjong singers

Then the "Mui Lang Poh" (matchmaker) starts her investigation of the "ear marked" bride. The spying for bride and sending the matchmaker to the pretty ladies house will be much awaited in the next few weeks after Chinese New Year.


Datuk Seri Khoo, Pearanak President

But those days are gone, presently the throwing of orange is done for the fun of remembering the old tradition.


nyonya singers during chap goh meh in penang

Competition are encouraged as people nowadays prefer to hang about to catch free oranges.


Mandarin lad

These are some of the Penang Heritage that is in dire need to be preserved. Most of the traditional cultures is what makes Penang into a heritage city recently.


Mandarin father and son

Enjoyed some of my good times with you as my thoughts goes by to recap the good old days through these Chap Goh Meh Nyonyas Photos .


Tau Pek Kong Ewe Kay

I know the "Tua Pek Kong Ewe Kay" or "Tua Pek or Eldest uncle" procession is on every year. The businessman observed the "flame watching" ceremony for the coming year business prediction. This year, we might get to witness it in the Snake Temple on the 14th to 15th midnight.


Tua Pek Kong entourage

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