As China entered the 4th decade since they embraced market economy and modern business rules and trends, their economy took an impressive leap. The country currently becomes one of the top three world power that overshadows the effort of arch-rivals of Japan and Russia, and other European counterparts (mainly the former Eastern blocs). After three decades of struggling amongst themselves to strive for better life, the Chinese people in general have discarded the totalitarian doctrines of Chairman Mao, Stalinism, Marxism, and communism altogether. The politburo leaders presently prefer to be known as 'socialist' runners instead of hard-core, despotic communistic humbugs and cadets. They now rejoice and bask in the glory left over by the legacy of 'Capitalist Roader' Deng Xiaoping. The Chinese populace now look up with admiration and envy to the freshly rich's lifestyle and despise the poor and the wretched (very unfortunately as the practice is going against the Chinese's traditional principles) . Parents tend to hold lavish wedding receptions and ceremonies for their grown up children; very often they overdo things to a sickening and disgusting extent. The young blessed couples are so proud to display their elaborate gifts ostentatiously and without inhibitions. That could invites robberies you know, some elders would advice. Now let us judge, who is the richest bride we have here:
The ceremony is going to begin soon,
get ready to bow to the ancestral altar.
Bride maids present their best so as to bag elaborate gifts
and solid cash from the bridal family.
This is meant for a start, more are coming!
Oops, the hand is so laden with golden bracelets,
that she could hardly raise her champagne
glass to cheer with guests.
Oh My! The extras are to be kept in
a precious bag for safe keeping.
This is just too much!
Yes, this is the way to do it. Pray to your ancestors
before you leave for another family.
Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing.
Alan CY Kok