Chit Nor Snar

(Version in Hokkien)

Chit Nor Snar

Chang Aik Bo Cheng Snar

Chit Nor Snar Si

Chang Liow Bo Tai Chi

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(Version in English)

One, Two, Three

Bathe without clothes one

One, Two, Three, Four

Once bathe ail is well!

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About this rhyme:~

This is a witty Hokkien childhood rhyme/ditty that is recited to the child when they are bathed. In the olden days where there are no water heaters, the water tends to be very cold and children dread bathing. Many ended up crying so the mothers would recite this rhyme/ditty while cusping some of the tub water to tap on the baby’s chest to make them adapt to the water temperature and psychologically, it tends to make the children forget about the chill as they recite along happily with their parents! Some adults chant this before the bathe to entice the child and the child on hearing this will spontaneously run to the adult to have their clothes taken off to be bathed!

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

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