Dieties on the march in Siniawan's Chinese Chop Goh Mei celebration.
Chap Goh Mei! Siniawan-style!
Last week I had the pleasure of celebrating Chop Goh Mei, the final day of Chinese New Year celebrations, in the rural town of Siniawan, near Kuching, capital of the Sarawak District on the island of Borneo, Malaysia.
My new friend James Ritchie, a veteran South Seas news reporter and accomplished book author, who knows just about everybody and everything there is to know in Borneo, took the time to show me around, and what a grand time it was!
Once again for me. the luckiest traveler alive, these are the experiences I live for on the road.
I'll let him tell the tale, at least the publishable parts, in this story he wrote for the Sarawak Tribune, "A Confluence of Adventure Writers," which appeared in print yesterday.
Thank you, my newest good friend, James Ritchie.
Celebrating with some of the parade participants!
Blessings of abundance.
The ubiquitous dancing dragons.
Plenty of incense available.
Traditional marching music.
Young and old in the festivities.
My friend James, on the right, and friends with whom we continued our celebration following the parade by tasting a bit of the local moonshine!
David Hunter Bishop is a retired journalist from Hawaii who quickly tired of retirement life and hit the road as a solo traveler in August 2016. Since then he's traveled through 16 countries on four continents and is currently enjoying life in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more about David's journey, see published interviews with Nomadic Matt and Expat Focus, and in A Confluence of Adventure Writers, with Sarawak (Kuching, Malaysia) Tribune writer James Ritchie.
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