Tuesday, December 27, 2016



Time to update the biggest event in the Chan Clan. 
It's two more weeks to the Big Day.   Today was the ceremonial wedding gifts exchange.  The wedding package of engaging a "tai kum cheh" (in this case a male instead) for the wedding took charge of all the rituals of the wedding including these ceremonial gifts.    

These two "daughter's wedding biscuits" were offering for the ancestors and will be left at the worship table till it turn mouldy and in which case will be well after the wedding day itself. 

 18 canisters containing dried lotus seeds, groundnuts, dried longans, red dates, sweets, lily buds (all things nice and sweet in Chinese). 9 bottles for the bride's family and 9 to be returned to the groom family, again 9 for longevity.  These will be used to boil the tea for the tea-offering ceremony on the wedding day. The bottle of sweets will be offered to those whose Chinese horoscope opposed that of the bride and groom. 

Baskets of seafood - oysters (good news), scallops, mushroom, abalone. 

2 pairs of Dragon and Phoenix candles - one for the "hair-combing ceremony" and another pair to be lit on the wedding day when the groom arrive for the bride. 

Nowadays these are plastic but I had a set of enamelware. The purpose for the new generations of babies to come.  

Love these- Deep fried glutinous riceballs with red bean fillings, so that the happy couple will be sweet and happy

Fatt Koh  and longevity noodles... that the bride bring wealth and the in-laws have long life. 

Lastly two bottles of brandy for the bride and in return 2 bottles of frizzy drinks for the groom. 

Of course, the roasted piggy...the bride's family keep the middle part and the head and tail parts are returned to the groom's family.  Normally the roasted pork were distributed to the closest family members. 

these are to be taken back to the groom's house. 

More instructions from the "tai kum gong"  

hehehe, the most important gift ... BIG ANGPOW. 

This red banner to be hand over the lintels of the door the night of the hair-combing ceremony, announcing that there is "red" ie happy occasion celebration in the house. 

Marriage registration earlier of the month..

the happy and contented bride's father. 

I was glad to be present to witness the gift exchange and was able to learn and to record some of the Chinese culture and rituals here... traditions get carry on for the next generation.


  1. Congratulations to the new couple ��

  2. What a small world, my brother had the same tai kum goong for his wedding 3 years ago.

    1. small world indeed. It was his own company that sell the wedding package including the service of the tai kum goong

  3. Thank you for sharing the interesting and colourful photos. I am a firm believer on the importance to respect and pray to our ancestors during the wedding ceremonies like how this couple had done. They will be well blessed in abundance by the ancestors. Their existence is real and not mere superstitions.

    Seems like a new trend now to see male Tai Kum Cheh. I was a best man for 13 weddings of different friends and could memorize many old tale rhymes of the Tai Kum Cheh. Maybe I should offer part time services too! LOL

    1. True, we need to remember our ancestors. You should become one, I am sure you will be very popular and in demand.

    2. Wishing you a very Happy & Healthy New Year 2017 - Elaine! Hope you will continue to blog many postings. You know how much I enjoyed your photos and unique stories as you see things very differently.

  4. Thank you very much for your support! I also enjoying reading your blog, so keep them coming.