What happens when you mix traditions from the East and the West?
Shaking ones limbs seems to be the perfect way to ward off bad spirits and to start off the New Year right. And sometimes mixing the East with the West is a good way to get the best of both worlds.
On the fifteenth and final day of Chinese New Year is a day known as Chap Goh Mei. Chap Goh Mei is also known as the Chinese Valentines Day. This night sees the gathering of family members as they sit down to a meal together. Offerings and prayers are also held on a grand scale. Oranges, with messages tucked inside, are thrown and then retrieved from the water, as a way of pairing up eligible couples.
These are images drawn from a Chap Go Mei ceremony in Penang, Malaysia. The evening started, unconventionally, with a Zumba class held by the waterside.
Like Malaysia itself, the Zumba participants are a diverse mixture of sizes, shapes, races and ethnic groups. Some are dressed for a work out while the majority are clad in their party best. Everyone though is having a great time, though, shaking in the New Year.
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