Fun facts you probably didn't know about Chinese Valentine's!

Chap Goh Meh, which is Hokkien for the "15th night” symbolizes the end of the Chinese New Year. Known for also the Lantern Festival or the Chinese Valentine’s Day. Wondering why these guys are fishing out oranges from the river? Read on!

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Here are some fun facts you didn't know about Chap Goh Meh!

1. Lanterns

The lanterns can symbolize the people letting go of their past selves and getting new ones, which they will let go of the next year. The lanterns are almost always red to symbolize good fortune.

Big red giant lanterns were written on with wishes for the years to come to be granted, lit and set for the skies.  

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2. Oranges

Wondering why you saw guys fishing out oranges from the river? During the Chinese Valentine’s Day, men and women will be throwing mandarin oranges into a lake after writing their name and number on the skin of the oranges hoping to be match made with someone. (P.S this particular tradition started in PENANG!). So here we have the oranges being cupids for us!

Pic by in George Town, Penang.


Pic by the Star Newspaper

Do share with us what you did for Chap Goh Mei by tweeting to us, @MYYouthUnited or emailing us to and we'll publish it here!

Written by Amanda Soh :)