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, will 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 in a rather unconventional manner, with a Zumba class by the waterside.
Like Malaysia itself, the participants are a diverse mixture of sizes, shapes, and ethnic groups. Some are dressed for exercise, while others are dressed in their party best. Shaking one’s limbs seems to be the perfect way to ward off bad spirits and to start off the New Year on a good note.
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