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View of Lundu Town at night during the "Chap Goh Mei Parade"

On the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year was known as Chap Goh Mei for the Chinese community. In the Hokkien dialect, Chap Goh Mei means "The 15th Chinese New Year Night". At a celibratory point of view, this evening is a family gathering to sit down and having meal together. For the Chinese community in Lundu, the Chap Goh Mei festival is a very festive celebration of the Chinese community in the district as it was the day of “Chap Goh Mei Parade”.

Some of the contestents that was involve in the parade

On the 14th day of the Chinese New Year, Lundu Town will resonate with the Chinese drums by the Lion Dance’s Association which begins at 3 pm where a ritual parade from three different temples will start with a small procession of this Ritual Parade. This small parade starts from Tua Pek Kong Temple near Lundu Waterfront and ends at the Goddess of Mercy Temple near SJK Chung Hua Lundu. According to the belief, this small parade was run for the purpose of "cleaning up the streets" to pave the way for a larger ceremony to be held the next day.

Starting at 10 am on the next day, on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, larger marches are held where more temples around Lundu will join to enliven this ritual parade. Today, this procession will be held twice where the parade continue begins at 6 pm. This parade begins from the Tua Pek Kong Temple near Lundu Waterfront and ends at the same location.

One of the chair that has been design for the ritual

Chap Goh Mei parade held in Lundu is very different from the Chap Goh Mei parade in other districts in Sarawak where in this parade there is a ritual named “Floating Parade”. Through this floating procession, representatives of each of these temples will sit on a chair covered with a sword. According to the belief, the seated person has the power to sit in the chair after being possessed by the gods and goddesses. The floating procession will be accompanied by members of a lion dance group and a Chinese drums. According to Chinese residents around the town of Lundu, this two-day celebration is an annual celebration and is held to mark the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

One of the contestant that involve in the ritual