(Version in Hokkien)
Keong Hee Huat Chye
Ang Pow Chit Pow Lai
(Version in English)
Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year
May I have one Red Packet please?
About this rhyme/saying:~
This rhyme/saying is normally uttered by children to the adults during Chinese New Year where it is customary that the elder gives them a red colored packet(Ang Pow) containing money as an expression of good luck throughout the new year. Nevetheless adults narrates this in jest when they meet friends and relatives to poke fun!
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..