Soli Bangali

(Version in Hokkien)

Soli Bangali

Ma Chai Chay Loli

Loli Peng

Kha Chwni Cheng

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(Version in English)

Sorry Bengali

Tomorrow go ride on a lorry

The lorry capsized

Our buttocks get swollen!

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This kiddy rhyme/saying is meaningless but fun to recite. It generally trails right after someone says sorry to you and it is not used in teasing others. “Bengali” in this rhyme refers to the settlers from Bengal, India.

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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