Saturday, February 22, 2020, Chinese Literature Study Program Student Association, Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Brawijaya held an annual routine event called Cap Go Meh. What is Cap Go Meh? How’s the history? What are the activities? Let’s check it out.
The Cap Go Meh Festival is a festival dedicated to giving to the Thai God Yi, the highest god in the sky during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 211 m). In the past, the Cap Go Meh festival was held privately for the palace and was not yet known to the public. When the reign of the Han Dynasty ended, only then did Cap Go Meh enter and be known by the public. Cap Go Meh is an annual festival which is held 15 days after Chinese New Year.
The implementation of Cap Go Meh at Universitas Brawijaya starts at 08.00 WIB involving students from the 2016 to 2019 class, lecturers, and the dean of the Chinese Literature Study Program. Some children from the orphanage also enliven the annual event. This activity was divided into several parts, starting from a talk show as the opening event, games involving students and orphanage children, social services for the orphanage, performances for each generation such as singing several songs and exchanging gifts between students from both the upper and lower classes. Not only entertainment and social service, this Cap Go Meh activity also includes the delivery of material presented by Cahyo as one of the lecturers of the Chinese Literature Study Program. To round out the activity, the students together ate Cap Go Meh’s signature dish, namely Lontong Lodeh/Manisa. High enthusiasm from all parties involved in Cap Go Meh succeeded in enlivening Cap Go Meh this year.