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Cap Go Meh fest in Singkawang

Singkawang Cap Go Meh is an annual festival to symbolize the 15th day and the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration for the community of Chinese migrants who live outside China. In Singkawang, West Kalimantan, the Cap Go Meh is unique blends of Chinese, Dayak and Malay culture.

Cap Go Meh is a term from the Hokkien dialect and means the fifteenth day of the first month. Event is celebrated with a great banquet and various activities. In Southeast Asia known as Chinese Valentine's Day, a time when girls and unmarried women met together.

Tinuku Travel Cap Go Meh fest in Singkawang present Tatung attractions integrate Chinese, Dayak and Malay culture

Tinuku.com Travel Cap Go Meh fest in Singkawang present Tatung attractions integrate Chinese, Dayak and Malay culture

Cap Go Meh feast day or Yuan Xiaojie in Chinese language throughout the expiration of the Lunar New Year celebration. The feast of Cap Go Meh is also called Yuanxi, Yuanye or Shang Yuanjie in Chinese language. Peoples Republic of China has a habit of installing colorful lanterns and is also referred to as the feast of lanterns.

Chinese New Year is one of the traditional Chinese feast, which is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and falls on the second new moon after the winter. This feast is also known as the Spring Festival or New Year. Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world, including in Chinatown Kampung Ketandan in Yogyakarta.

Cap Goh Meh celebration in Singkawang marked the Tatung procession to the monastery or temple and have been implemented hereditary since 200 years ago. The Tatung come from various monasteries around Singkawang dubbed as the city of a thousand temples. A temple or pagoda sometimes have more than one Tatung.

One day before the 15th of the first lunar month of the Tatung has been making preparations at the monastery or temple each. Morning till night they go around the village in order ceremony 'Clean Village' of evil spirits and everything that can hinder big celebration tomorrow.

On the day of celebration of Cap Go Meh almost all the main streets in Singkawang mostly by the community to see the attraction of the Tatung, lion and dragon. The event is held at the Great Pekong located in the middle of the market and shopping center.

Tatung and forces drover around and watched by the whole society Singkawang. Things by Tatung in Cap Go Meh celebration only Singkawang. Tatung in the Hakka language is the one who possessed the spirit of gods or ancestors. The gods or ancestral spirits used to be called with a particular interest, for example, to conduct healing or to seek advice when necessary.

Travel.Tinuku.com Cap Go Meh fest in Singkawang present Tatung attractions integrate Chinese, Dayak and Malay culture

Tinuku Travel Cap Go Meh fest in Singkawang present Tatung attractions integrate Chinese, Dayak and Malay culture

Location: Singkawang, West Kalimantan.

Activity: Watching the Cap Go Meh celebration. Explore ethnography, archeology, architecture and culture. Hunting photography and videography, and others.

Complementary facilities: Car parking, restrooms, restaurants and hotels.

Reach Access: 0 km from Singkawan city, 151 km from Pontianak city.

Routes and public transport: If taking the bus from Pontianak city to Singkawang city.

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