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200 Dancers for Cap Go Meh Celebration

Written By Kepri Online on Sunday, February 5, 2012 | 10:39

A total of 200 dancers and artists will be featured in the performing arts enliven Cap Go Meh celebration of the Lunar New Year 2563 at the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Batam.

Art performances will be held on Monday (6/2) evening. Board Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya in Batam on Friday, said the cultural arts performances that will describe the values ​​of life are always happy and will be delivered to the Mandarin language.

Cap Go Meh (Photo: matanews.com)

Cap Go Meh feast or Xiaojie Yuan falls on the 15th lunar month of the first year is one of China's traditional festivals. According to Chinese folk traditions, after Cap Go Meh, it ended around the Lunar New Year celebration.

In the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya, Cap Go Meh become an annual event that involves thousands of Chinese people.

The celebration has become a gathering place for residents of six thousand Chinese in Batam after celebrating Chinese New Year in their respective homelands.

In addition to cultural performances Vihara Duta Maitreya will also serve vegetarian dishes for people who come.

Based on Chinese literature, Cap Go Meh was first started around the year 180 BC, Emperor Hanwudi ruling in the Western Han Dynasty ascended the throne on the 15th of the first lunar month.

To celebrate his coronation, the Emperor Han Wudi took the decision to make the first 15 months of the date of the feast of lanterns.

In the year 104 BC, Cap Go Meh Festival is officially listed as the country's national holiday. (source)

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