(Version in Hokkien)
Gia Hniau Gia Keh Keh
Kh’uai Kh’uai Cho Lau Peh
Gia Hniau Gia Kuan Kuan
Kh’uai Kh’uai Cho Chong Guan.
(Version in English)
When the joss sticks are held low
One would soon become a father
When the joss sticks are held high
One would soon become a high official!
About this rhyme/saying:~
This is a rhyme recited by the “Sang Keh Mm” (Mistress of Ceremony) with the wish for the bridegroom to be blessed with great success and lots of 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..