Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Festival - Sarikei CNY Chap Goh Meh Parade

Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Jalan Masjid Lama
Source: Albert Chua



Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Jalan Masjid Lama

Source: Albert Chua



Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Jalan Masjid Lama
Source: Desmond Chen



The fifteenth day of the Chinese new year is celebrated as yuán xiāo jié (元宵节), otherwise known as Chap Goh Mei in Hokkien. Rice dumplings, tang yuan 汤圆, sweet glutinous rice balls brewed in a soup, ares eaten this day. (source: wikipedia)


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Albert Chua


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Albert Chua


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Wharf Road
Source: Desmond Chen



Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival, and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. This day marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities. (source: wikipedia)


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Albert Chua (all 5 photos)


In SE Asia, it coincides with the Chinese Valentine's Day. Young unmarried women toss tangerines into the sea hoping that their future spouses will pick it up – a custom that originated in Penang, Malaysia. In the past, this was also the only day that unmarried ladies could be seen with their partners. (Source: Wikipedia)


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Albert Chua


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Desmond Chen (all 6 photos)


The crowds waited with anticipation early in the evening. The Southern Cantonese lions, the shaggy orange Northern lions and even a long dragon came out to play and dance to their own drum beat. How many lion dance troupes are there in Sarikei?


Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Desmond Chen


The folks from the clans and temples turn out in force with displays of kung fu, music, lanterns, deities, costumes, chanting, etc. The most spectacular had to be the devotees who sat on sedan chairs made of sharp objects while in a trance and oblivious to the pain. This sort of parade was common in the 1960s -1970s.

The local Chinese papers normally has a Sarikei-Bintangor page. You can expect the English and Chinese local papers to cover this parade.




Sarikei Chap Goh Meh Parade 2009
Source: Albert Chua


Sarikei's festivals are getting bigger and better. This is another tourist attraction in the making if this can be celebrated in festive style annually.

Happy Chap Goh Meh!

7 comments:

sjen`Qilin said...

The last time i celebrated Chap Goh Meh in Sarikei was in 2005 or 2006 (i couldnt remember clearly), there wasnt any procession.. even if there was.. it was very memorable... because not many ppl were participating.. and it just couldnt beat the chap goh meh i celebrated when i was younger... those days... u can see the "GOD medium" sitting on nails.. slashing with the big "PISAU" the one u used to chop babi one.. hahah..

but i havent seen it in recent years in sarikei.. but it is always entertaining to see the lion dance.. and oh.. the dragon dance... was not present in 2005/2006... i miss Sarikei... Happy Chap Goh Meh

Anonymous said...

The girl in red clothes (her cheek prieced) looked so possessed.

JW

LIM said...

JW u can thanks to the camera lighting effect making her eyes glow

Daniel Yiek said...

http://www.theedgedaily.com/cms/content.jsp?id=com.tms.cms.article.Article_499fb88b-cb73c03a-1c6866d0-595495a0

06-02-2009: Sime Darby: Padi, rubber to make up 25% of plantation business
by Jenny Ng

KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Bhd, the country’s largest listed oil palm plantation company, unveiled its 200-hectare model padi farm in Gedong, north Perak, where it is testing highly mechanised commercial padi farming.
The model serves as the platform for its diversification into rice production in the Northern Corridor Economic Region, Sabah and Sarawak.
Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Sime Darby Plantations Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Azhar Abdul Hamid said the company was in talks with the Sarawak state government to develop 7,000ha of land in Sarikei for the cultivation of padi.
Under its model, rice, rubber and other crops will make up 25% of its plantation business and oil palm the rest.
The company will be involved in research and development (R&D), upstream production, downstream processing and the marketing of rice.
The model farm is developed on marginal plantation land prone to flooding. So far, 34ha have been planted with padi.
The project has the strategic objectives of attaining economies of scale through professional management, high levels of mechanisation and good water management practices.
The R&D leverages on Sime Darby Seed R&D Centre to produce high-yielding padi seeds. Currently, it is using seeds from Mardi (Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute). At present, there are five padi seed producers in Malaysia.
Sime Darby, with a market capitalisation of RM32.5 billion, is highly diversified, with businesses in plantation, property development, heavy equipment and motor vehicle distribution, and energy and utilities.
For its latest venture, it hopes to achieve a yield of 8-10 tonnes of rice per ha per cycle within two years. It hopes to produce five crops every two years. Based on the 7,000ha of land in Sarawak, Sime Darby could potentially produce 175,000 tonnes of rice per year.
Malaysia consumes 2.2 million tonnes of rice a year, 30% of which is imported from Thailand and Vietnam.
Azhar said the company was venturing into rice production because it has the potential to be profitable, besides fulfilling its corporate responsibility in addressing the national issue of food security.
Prices of rice rose significantly in the world market last year. The price of Thailand White Rice (Grade B) reached a high of US$1,038 (RM3,768) per tonne on May 28 last year. The prevailing price was US$624 on Wednesday.

Nelson said...

It's good to see that sarikei is still having this kind of procession after a long hiatus. Besides attracting tourists, the younger generation sarikieans would be able to learn more about their own culture too. keep it up!

rice plantation is vital as rice is the main source of carb for us, hope that sime darby can help the hardcore poor sarikieans to get jobs related to it.

Anonymous said...

my friends from west M (kL, pahang etc) have never seen this before.

BurungHelang said...

I am from Sarikei and I have never seen this much piercing before.

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