In Singapore we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day Once- but twice.
While the Western Valentine’s Day is recognized in Singapore, we also celebrate the Chinese version. It falls on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year, which this year happens to be Februrary 6th. In my earlier blog post about the Chinese New Year Celebration I mentioned a little about the Chinese Valentine’s Day, but I thought I would take a closer look at it now.
As I previously described one of the central traditions involves single women throwing mandarian oranges into the water to be collected by potential suitors.
But where does the excitement and lore come from?
Historically, it was only on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year that unmarried women could go out into the streets (accompanied by a chaperone). Many young men would gather in the hopes of catching glimpses of these lovely maidens. The legend holds that there would be a “matchmaker” from the moon who would be watching and would tie red strings of destiny on the legs of compatible couples. Incidentally, because of this legend, matchmakers in the past were traditionally very busy on this day in hopes of pairing couples.
So, if you are looking for love, be sure to go out in public on the 6th. You may just meet you destined partner!