Xmm の 抓周

Today is xmm first lunar birthday.  Traditionally, children are involved in a prophetic game to foretell what their future entails. The game simply presents the kid with an array of objects of symbolic significance and he/she is required to pick one.  The list of objects includes (sorry, it’s really too tedious for me to translate everything to English):

一:王亥算(古权、秤砣)WangHaiSuan——易商好商,商界巨子。

解说:该物为算盘羊秤砣。秤砣是最原始的物物交换工具,而算盘表示精打细算,有“算盘一响,黄金万两”之说

二:仓颉简(竹简书)CangJieJian——学识渊博,前途无量

解说:仓颉创造了文字,万世文字之祖,千古大儒之师,手抓该书真可谓博学而多才。

三:财满星(财神)CaiManXing——命中有财,一生富贵

解说:善缘好运,招财进宝。

四:洪崖乐(双龙衔钟)HongYaYue——性格活泼,能歌善舞。

解说:洪崖制乐器作五律铸十二钟,是华夏音乐始祖

五:官星印(龙印)GuanXingYin——命中有官,官运亨通。

解说:在中国,龙代表着至高无上的权利,印章又是权力和地位的象征。

六:食神盒(食盒)ShiShenHe——口中有福,享尽美味。

解说:该食盒为单层,由两只天鹅幻化而成,能食其中之食,岂不口福哉。

七:将军盔(古代头盔)JiangJunKui——爱武尚武,易军易武。

解说:该头盔威风凛凛,戴之则英姿飒爽,更显勇者之威风。

八:串铃ChuanLing——心地善良,医行天下。

解说:串铃是过去行医的标志,也是卖药者的护身符。相传孙思邈用串铃救了老虎而没被吃掉,郎中们便把它作为保护自己行医的护身符了。

九:伊尹镬(古代的炊具)YiYinHuo——守家爱家,一生幸福。

解说:伊尹是民间的厨神,是中国烹饪的鼻祖。他在烹饪方面有很多的发明创造。而此物则是古代的一种很有代表性的炊具。

十:鲁班斗(墨斗)LuBanDou——心灵手巧,长于设计

解说:鲁班是中国木匠的祖师爷。此物则由中国的四合院和客家楼巧妙组合而成,可谓独具匠心。而墨斗在中国传统木工行业中极为常见,主要是用来画长直线,其造型、装饰各式各样,墨仓有桃形、鱼形、龙形等,既是自娱,也是木工手艺的展示。

十一:陀螺乐TuoLuoLe——喜欢运动,体坛巨星。

解说:陀螺是民间的玩具,打陀螺则是民间的一项体育运动,它不分老幼,皆可参加。该陀螺由手捻陀螺和鞭打陀螺组合而成,体现了中国陀螺的发展历史。

十二:酒令筹筒JiuLingChouTou——喜好交际,友遍天下。

解说:是古时用来装盛酒令银筹的专门器具,酒令则是筵宴上助兴取乐的饮酒游戏。行酒令可活跃气氛,联络感情,增进友谊。既能展示行酒令者的文采和才华,又能考验行酒令者的敏捷和机智。

I got the above from here which sells or rents such kits. But since we are based here in Singapore, I don’t think we can rent it. Perhaps, I can consider this as a business opportunity. Hehe.

Anyway, to cut the story short, we didn’t get any of the above. Simply because, I don’t keep track of my kids’ lunar birthday. And it wasn’t in my family tradition to have such a ceremony. So most of the time, it’s my MIL who will remind us that the next day is our sons’ first lunar birthday and she will prepare the objects. But my MIL only grabs what’s readily available, so for both boys, she prepared a book, pen, abacus/calculator. We usually “perform” this ceremony first thing in the morning before we head for work. So there isn’t much time for us to add on to the list.

Thankfully, from XXM’s experience, XMM have more to choose from as compared to his brother. Here’s a pic of his list:

Guess what he chose ;-p

For the record, XXM chose a hard boiled egg (thanks to Meow’s playfulness) and Meow says that he’s destined to become a farmer. Who knows, he may own a farm just like Seng Choon. And XMM chose the gold coins. Future business tycoon? Hohoho…

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