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Members of the public join in the orange throwing ritual in conjunction with the Chap Goh Meh celebration at Padang Kota Lama, George Town. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

GEORGE TOWN: Scores of single women thronged Padang Kota Lama here this evening to participate in an orange throwing ritual in conjunction with Chap Goh Meh or Chinese Valentine's Day.

They wrote their names on the oranges, some even included their phone numbers, in the hope of finding their one true love.

Asli Gziakoup Oglou, 24, (right) with Sinem Colakli, 25, join in the Chap Goh Meh celebration at Padang Kota Lama, George Town. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

The orange tossing tradition was said to have originated from the Hokkien community in the southern part of China from the 19th century.

Today, the tradition is practised here where single women hope their Mr Right will pick up the oranges they throw.

Winnie Ang, 21, said she is single because she has been preoccupied with her studies.

The Penang lass was "forced" to participate in the event by her friends.

Single women hope their Mr Right will pick up the oranges they throw during the Chap Goh Meh celebration. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

She wrote her Instagram handle on her orange before throwing it into the sea.

"I have never been to the Chap Goh Mei celebration before...but thought there was no harm trying and venturing into a relationship.

"Hopefully, my prince charming will contact me once he gets my orange,” she said.

A child throws an orange as her parents look on during the Chap Goh Meh celebration at Padang Kota Lama, George Town. Pic by SHAHNAZ FAZLIE SHAHRIZAL

Even tourists joined in the orange throwing festival.

Swiss couple, Oliver Glutz, 29, and his girlfriend Rahel Danzaisen, 30, said they were introduced to the celebration by a local Chinese man while visiting Chinatown here.

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