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The Swimming Oranges and the Floating Bananas

February 10th, 2009

The last day of Chinese New Year (its called Chap Goh Meh in Hokkien – a Chinese dialect) is also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. For most Malaysian Chinese, they knew well of this certain ritual that happens every year on this day. Originated from Penang, Malaysia, this interesting ritual involves tossing tangerine/mandarin oranges or bananas by the singles into the pond or sea or river or any place with water in hope that their future partner will pick up their fruits.

And this year in Malaysia, it was the most happening event for the single men and women in more than 3 places in the state of Selangor itself.
Yes, they literally throw the tangerines and bananas into the pond. Like this:
See how happy they are when they threw the oranges.

How does it work, you may wonder. Well, its pretty simple actually, single women writes their names, phone numbers and some messages on tangerine oranges while the men does the same on bananas.
Here are the girls, busy scribbling on their oranges. Some will write names and phone numbers while the more expressive ones will write messages, draw cute smileys or perhaps even their star sign.
Here are some oranges fished out of the pond. Take notice of the details, I think some of them wrote their ages too!

Now, the men. I am not sure when they start implementing the use of bananas for this occasion but well, it suits the men anyway.
Men are probably more straight-to-the-point, minus the mushy messages.
“See you”? Maybe on the other side is “I hope you will find me”.

So after the writing and tossing, the fruit fishing starts! And boy, they are so well prepared! Some brought long poles with net to fish out the fruits! Some of them brought a small note book or phones so they could fish out a few oranges or bananas and jot down the necessary details on it. Then they toss the fruits back to the pond! How clever.
Fruit fishing is definitely a wet encounter.

To read the whole story, go to NST and The Star.

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  1. February 16th, 2009 at 00:59 | #1

    haha! that’s really funny. i could have joined them. LOL.

  2. February 16th, 2009 at 07:44 | #2

    wahaha…that’s fun…but, i think it’s just for fun huh???Do anyone really find a soul mate through this?

  3. February 16th, 2009 at 12:05 | #3

    well, some of them mentioned that they do have a few dates after the tossing and fishing. soulmate…hmmm haven’t heard of any yet LOL one of my friends who joined the orange tossing ritual got a phone call from a guy right 15 minutes after she threw the mandarin oranges LOL its really fun 🙂

  4. February 17th, 2009 at 07:10 | #4

    haha…yalo…cool~~make friends can la…soul mate seems impossible…

  5. bridget
    March 30th, 2009 at 10:43 | #5

    this is so kick-ace, yo!!
    so friggin funny.
    i want to do somethin’ like that.

    • April 6th, 2009 at 23:56 | #6

      its cool eh? maybe you should come for a visit to Malaysia during Chinese New Year and get to try this 🙂

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