Monday, May 23, 2022

Chinese New Year comes to an end

Malaysians end two weeks of celebrations with processions, lion dances and orange-throwing on Chap Goh Mei.

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A woman dressed in a traditional cheongsam holds joss sticks as she prays at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang.

Family members hang bright red lanterns outside their house in Kampung Tiruk, Kuala Terengganu.

Performers dressed in traditional Chinese costumes distribute ang pows to the people gathered about on Chap Goh Mei at Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang.

People of all races gather to watch a procession on the last day of Chinese New Year at Jalan Alor in Bukit Bintang.

Performers dressed in traditional costumes carrying flags participate in the Chap Goh Mei procession to end the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Rela members monitor the situation as members of the public take pictures of lion dancers performing at Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang.

A family gathers for one last dinner, during which glutinous rice balls are served in a sweet ginger soup known as tang yuan to mark the occasion.

People hold their ears as a string of fireworks goes off, part of Chinese tradition to ward off evil spirits.

Performers keep up a lively beat on the drums at a Chap Goh Mei celebration at the Chinese Community Centre in Ampang, Selangor.

Lion dancers spring from pole to pole at a Chap Goh Mei dinner at the Chinese Community Centre in Ampang, Selangor.

A woman writes her phone number on an orange which she then throws into the lake at Taman Jaya in Petaling Jaya – another Chinese tradition observed by single ladies hoping to find a good match.

Strings of lanterns shine through the night as other young women take shelter from the rain under umbrellas while they write their phone numbers and wishes for the year on oranges.

These days, some women include their email addresses along with their phone numbers.

A man uses a net fastened to the end of a long pole to retrieve some of the oranges thrown by young women into the lake.

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