Location : Bau Town, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Chap Goh Meh (元宵节) in two of the Chinese dialects means ‘the 15th night’ of the lunar new year. This is the dinner where family members gather together for one final bash of good food and wine before saying goodbye to the new year celebration. At least this is what most Chinese everywhere in the world grew up with.
Just like Chinese New Year, Chap Goh Meh is celebrated with lots of fireworks and firecrackers. In some parts of the town, you will also be able to witness cultural performances, lantern displays, lion and dragon dances.
In this small Chinese Hakka town of Bau, Kuching, Sarawak, this celebration is more than just a private family reunion dinner. In the morning and night, there will be a parade / procession around town which includes lion dance, dragon dance and tatungs which means ‘going into a trance’.