Not kidding you - I swear this is part of Cantonese wedding traditions.
Because the sugarcane is sweet, it is supposed to symbolise the same for the marriage. Or as they say in Chinese - "tien tien mi mi".
In the McWorld of today, a lot of these traditions are lost as people opt for convenience. In this case, two bottles of honey were prepared as stand-in for the sugarcane.
Not ones to give in, the bride's relatives scouted around the taman (garden) and at last found some in front of a house.
The owners of the house, an Indian family, when once told that it's for a wedding, asked the relatives to just go ahead and cut some down. At no cost. But the relatives insisted on giving the Indian family an 'ang pow' (lucky red packet containing money) in return, no matter how insignificant the amount.
"You give some, you take some," uncle said.
It is nice to encounter people who are not predatory and can be generous with strangers. And to see people insisting on upholding traditions, which is in turn respected by others from an entirely different background.
How 'big' was the 'ang pow'? RM2.