Thursday, February 21, 2008

On the 15th day

Thank god the rain has stopped!! It has been raining since Monday! Hopefully, Kuchingnites are going to see sun soon as the sky still not cleared yet, from what I can see from my office windows. I do miss those sunny day, where I can enjoy a morning walk at the park or going out without the hassle of holding an umbrella in one hand and another hand holding little gal.

The Year of Rat has been a wet year for a start, and I can hear people complaining on laundry not dry, business slowing down (but I guess laundry business are good at this time) and some even fall sick! It is rather unusual to have many rain pour for this time of the year. Change of climate, I say? Or change of wind direction bringing in more rain this year?

No matter what it is, the celebration of ushering Year of Rat is coming to an end today. Yes, it is Chap Goh Mei (15th night of Chinese Lunar Calendar in Hokkien dialect) today. Last day to play and hear fireworks displaying in the sky tonight. So, for those fireworks that still untouched, better play them tonight or you got to wait for another year round.

For Chinese, Chap Goh Mei is considered an important day in par with the CNY Eve reunion dinner. During Chap Goh Mei, family members meet up and have dinner together. There is never lack of food, drinks and snack during Chap Goh Mei. After today, everyone gets back to their normal routine, for the rest of the year.

Chap Goh Mei is also considered the Chinese Valentine’s Day where singles will throw mandarin oranges in the river, with hopes that the orange will be picked by potential match! I wonder why they have to use oranges? Is it because of too many leftover they cant find a way to dispose them, but rather throw them away into the river?? I guess not many people practice this anymore, as it is an offence to throw rubbish (not to mention fruit) into our rivers! ;p So, for the singles, you have to think of other way to find your matches this year!

So, here I am, wishing everyone “Happy Chap Goh Mei”! And I am looking forward to my dinner too. :)

6 comments:

bluedreamer27 said...

happy chap goh mei too rose its nice to be here in your blog i enjoy reading your post
p/s i put you in my roll so i can visit you here again and again
have a great day and happy chap goh mei again

PEARLY said...

hi rose :
Happy chap goh mei to you and family sorry haven't been around
I should stay longer in Malaysia for the chap goh mei but I forgot about this date when I book my return .
oh I think now aday there don't have to throw madrian there can go on line blog or on line dating ekkkekke

Linda said...

Wow...it's been raining a lot here in California as well. It stopped for few days, and it's starting again. Glad you're seeing clear skies though. :)

Rose said...

Bluedreamer27, thanks for your support and frequent visits! Yes, I shall include you too in my link :)

Pearly dear, nice to hear from you again! I miss you lah. Hahaha!

Linda, the weather today (Fri, 22 Feb) is very clear so hope not to see rain soon! ;p

Bart said...

It's the opposite here in Penang... very dry for the last few weeks. Grass is brownish and trees are shedding their leaves (but many are flowering!).

Rose said...

Bart, it does sound like u having Fall there.