“YUM SENG”

At wedding banquets, it is customary to “Yum Seng” thrice before consuming the alcoholic beverage. Each toast represents different things. The first for a blissful marriage; the second for eternal love between the couple; and the third for fertility.

Chinese wedding banquets are always boisterous affairs. On these joyous occasions, it is common for friends and family to offer a toast to the bride and groom by way of a “Yum Seng”. Characterised by a long “Yum” followed by a short “Seng”, tables of guests will attempt to toast louder and for longer than the others. With this lighthearted spirit of competitiveness in the air, you might want to have some lozenges in your pocket the next time you attend a Chinese wedding banquet!

Trivia:
At wedding banquets, it is customary to “Yum Seng” thrice before consuming the alcoholic beverage. Each toast represents different things. The first for a blissful marriage; the second for eternal love between the couple; and the third for fertility.

Yum Seng
Yum Seng

How long can you and your friends hold a “Yum Seng” for?