(Version in Hokkien)
Chiu Ow Gia Kuan Kuan
Kniar Soon Cho Chong Guan
Chiu Ow Gia Keh Keh
Meh Ni Cho Lau Peh
(Version in English)
Raise your drinking glasses
Your descendants would become Court Officials
Holding your drinking glasses low
You would be a father by next year!
About this rhyme/ditty:~
This rhyme/ditty is usually recited by the master of ceremony when toasting in a wedding function with a wish that the married couple would be blessed with successful children.
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..