Hands down, the cutest Chinese New Year tradition ever
CHINESE NEW YEAR is all about prosperity and abundance, finding wealth, health and happiness, and this also includes love.
As we approach the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations, there is still time to throw in a few more traditions, just to make sure you’ve done everything possible to welcome prosperity into your life.
Tomorrow marks the celebration of Chap Goh Meh, which is perhaps one of the most adorable Chinese New Year traditions of all.
Chap Goh Meh happens on the 15th day of Chinese New Year and is known as Chinese Valentine’s Day.
The event involves young single women inscribing their names and telephone numbers onto a Mandarin orange and throwing them into rivers and lakes in a bid to find their one true love.
There are a few rules that must be followed, such as throwing the oranges while facing Southeast and supposedly the love potion will only work if the fruit is thrown between 5:30pm and 8:59pm. Any earlier or later, then you could face being alone forever.
Feng shui master Jessie Lee, told The Star Online that the animal zodiac signs which will benefit most this year are Monkey, Rooster, and Ox.
“The Horse, too, has a good chance of finding someone during the event or getting to know someone while participating in the ritual,” she added.
It gets a little technical if you were born in the year of the Pig as apparently, the zodiac sign clashes with the energy of the day.
However, if you’re wanting to take part in the event but you were born in 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 or 2007, then pop along to the ritual but get someone else to throw your orange in the water.
Mandarin oranges and other golden fruits play a pivotal role in Chinese New Year celebrations.
They are given as a good luck token and tossing them around is said to have been practiced all the way back to the 19th century in China when the Hokkiens ruled.
An insignificant stigma of looking desperate for love has begun to shroud the event in recent years, however in the modern age of technology, there is little need for males to go wading through the lake to collect oranges as Roy Liew, 27, found out last year.
“I decided it would be more convenient to march up to a group of girls nearby and get their contacts,” he told The Star Online.
Will you be tempting your destiny tomorrow at a nearby lake?