Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chap Goh Meh Festival Celebration 2011

Chap Goh Meh attractions

PENANG is expecting the annual Chap Goh Meh celebration to be a major tourist attraction, with thousands of locals and visitors participating in the various activities lined up.

Organised jointly by the state government and satellite television provider — Astro — the traditional event which marks the end of the 15-day Lunar New Year celebration, will be held at the scenic Esplanade grounds on Thursday.

The event will kick off at 4pm with various hawkers selling the famous Penang street food, state Tourism Development and Culture committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang said.

The public will also be entertained with cultural performances such as chingay, a dragon dance and a 24-Season Drums performance.

A ‘Baba Nyonya’ performance will also be presented during this event

Artistes from the Astro television stable would also be on hand to perform.

The traditional mandarin oranges throwing event will be held at 7.30pm in the same area where beautiful maidens can purchase the oranges at RM1 each, to be thrown into the sea.

A fireworks display, sponsored by the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce (PCCC) at a cost of about RM50,000, is expected to begin at 10.30pm.

Chap Goh Meh: Fifteenth Day of Chinese Lunar New Year, Lantern Festival and Chinese Valentine Day

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is celebrated from 1st until 15th day of the first month in the Chinese Lunar calendar. As Chinese calendar is influenced by the motion of the moon, a bright big full moon usually is evident on the fifteenth day of lunar month.

'Chap Goh Meh' is a Hokkien dialect which means 'Fifteenth Night' is a significant celebration in Penang whereby majority of Chinese Penangites are Hokkien (Fujian). Over the past years, various activities would be put up to celebrate this auspicious day including sumptous feasting, culture shows, lion dance, dragon dance, lantern lighting and the highlight of the night - tangerines tossing.

If you are in Penang, come and let us paint the town red in the Chap Goh Mei celebration organized by Penang State Government at Esplanade (or Jalan Padang Kota Lama), Penang on 9 February 2009 from 7pm to 11pm. Refer here for the activities lined up specially for you.

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    Chap Goh Meh Celebration 2011
    17.02.2011 - 17.02.2011 16.00 h - 23.00 h
    Penang Esplanade - George Town
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Chap Goh Meh Festival  Description

Chap Goh Meh Festival  Date: 17th February 2010

Chap Goh Meh Festival  Location: Esplanade, Penang

Chap Goh Meh Festival  Time: 4pm to 11pm

Chap Goh Meh Festival  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.



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

- End

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