I called pine garden. They charge abt $10 per ball, and U usu buy 1 pair for GDL. It comes from Msia. Size abt palm size. Apparently can last for abt 1 wk (so still can see during the wedding day since GDL abt 1 wk b4 AD).
Last time I watched on tv, the purvis st uncle demo the making. he make v big one, like big beach ball size.
It can be eaten (that is if you want to eat it after being on display for many days and the texture of the ball is going to be so tough). It depends if you mother-in-law would like you to put it in your wedding room as a blessing item for the wedding day. As for me, my mum did not insist it. Instead it is me. hehehe...
Hi, i'm also a hainan nang. Haizzz... Can't really speak the dialect. Coz my family dun really converse in it. *My mom's hokkien* Hubby is pure hokkien. Everytime converse wif MIL in hokkien, she always laugh at me. Coz my hokkien is peppered wif Hainanese, and vice verse.
Btw, wat golden ball r u guys toking abt? Any other tings to take note?????
Hi ariesta. It is just a big fried dough ball that we are talking about it in Hainanese wedding.
I know we need roasted pig too but my mum is not going to request for it as we need a very blessed lady (i.e. with husband and children and grandchildren) to cut the pig into pieces. there is a method to cutting too. she finds it too troublesome so we are not having it.
wow you guys are so cool to find the prosperity ball (that's the real name)!!! My mum is lookin for it for my wedding. Im hokkien but my mom's side is hainanese and this tradition is so rare and interesting that we want to incorporate it for some festivities! So pine garden makes it?
I didn't even have the golden ball. Our was very simple..didn't even have the roast pig or anything. For GDL, only bargained abt the bride price (ang bao), si dian jin and cakes to give out to relatives.
GDL also needs a basin (supposedly for the DIL to serve water for washing face to the MIL, but I got one that's good enough to wash vegetables), and the teapot and cups (for tea ceremony), pillows / bolsters, a pair of bedside lights (tian ding), a pair of towels. All these need to be given by the bride's mum hor. As for the roast pig, if don't want, can use red packets to represent.
BTW, I am a hainanese bride that got married years back.
hello gals, i'm also a hainanese though not pure.
father is hainanese and mum is hokkien. my FW is also half hainanese with a hainan father and a teochew mum.
really glad to find this thread. seems like there are quite a few traditional stuff required still for customary. Ball thingy? where to find?
as for live chicken, how to find with all the bird flu thingy now right? haha.
anyway, i can't speak the language also. really sad cos i grew up with my grandma(mum side), we speak hokkien all along and worst still, i dun even ustand hainanese.
btw the gdl lady told me that the golden ball is meant for the AD and not GDL. she mentioned that the ball will follow us to the male side, after the tea ceremony then to our new place and place near the bed. suppose to let it deflate on its own.
so those who had the golden ball during ur wedding, can you tell me when is the golden ball supposed to be present, and wat to do with the ball?
tink in the one of the posting in this thread mentioned that pine garden do make these kind of balls.
mushloom - i heard a different version of the golden ball. Golden ball is given in a pair by groom to bride family during GDL (3 days b4 AD). During AD, the golden balls are broken up and shared to be eaten by all.
So which version is correct?
Yes, pine garden sell those balls. Think its abt $12 each (1 small handful size).
alamak then who is right? the boss told me tat the golden ball cannot be broken coz it symbolises yuan yuan man man leh. who got elders at home can double check? tink me will try to sound my father out on this
i use wrong word, not 'broken' but deflate (as what kRazy said). Think after 3 days or 1 week (depend how far advance U GDL), the ball will deflat by itself. After that, can tear it and share among all to eat?
yes, I got the golden balls, and Mushloom was right. I had it on the AD, and it stay there until deflated. And also, my mum told me the bedside lamp was to stay alight for 3 whole days; so in the end I bought bedside lamps from Ikea, kept the box and just use the box to cover the lamps when I want to sleep loh. come to think about it, quite funny. But the lamp signifies tian(1) ding(1), so better listen loh.
One more important thing : if your younger brother / nephew who is going to open the door and let your hubby out of the car, please make sure that he is not born in the year of tiger. Was told that if the person opening the car door is born in the year of tiger, the bride will have a hard time conceiving in future, and may even remain childless. Not sure true or not, but ning(4) ke(3) xin(4) qi(2) you(1). Happened to one relative anyway, and in the end, the relative in question adopted a child.
this thread is very interesting.
my papa is hainan and mama hokkein. my FH's papa is hainan and mama is canto. both of us cant speak a single word of hainan. but, we are very interested in carrying out a hainanese wedding. it seems so traditional, so fun.
u mentioned that u bought lamps from ikea, can i assume that they run on electricity?
my ma bought batteries run ones for my sister but, they went flat! and her MIL says that cannot use eletrical ones. so confusing.
I accompanied my frd to buy her tradition wedding stuff in a shop in Beauty World. The shop is managed by 2 uncles in their 50s or 60s. I understand that this shop has at least 30 - 40 years of history. The uncle will advise you on the items required according to your dialects. You can buy most of the items there, hence save you the headache.
If you are unsure of the traditions, maybe this shop can help you.