(Version in Hokkien)
Lim Chiu Lim Tar Tar
Meh Ni Sneh Baba
(Version in English)
When one consumes liquor, make sure no drop is left in the glass
So that when the new year comes by, one is blessed with a son.
About this rhyme/proverb/saying:~
This rhyme/proverb/saying is always heard in wedding ceremonies when toasting for prosperity to the newly weds. To the traditional Chinese family, sons are more important than daughters as daughters generally gets married off when the time comes. However times have changed and many families prefer daughters than sons as they are more loyal and filial when they grow up.
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..