Asiatic Bride Customs Explained

Eastern ceremonies are a mob of colours, fun filled situations and are full of cultures. They usually last for a year and are grandiose celebrations. Several pre wedding rituals have to be performed before the actual marriage day like engagement ceremony, musical evening ( sangeet ) and henna party. All these times are accompanied by life song and are enjoyed with wonderful fuss.

As per ancient Chinese custom the couple may first arrange for an opportune date according to jin shing, a discussion with astrology and spirits that determines the most suitable day for marriage. Then the couple’s area is required to send a number of presents that may encompass meals, cakes and religious items.

On the bridal morning, it is customary for the bride to be escorted down the aisle by her parents with donations and bloom wreaths. Her outfit is usually red, a shade that represents love, success, loyalty and honour. A qipao, or European- fashion gown, is even often worn by the current bride.

The bridal is usually conducted at a temple and the bride and groom give decorated twigs of Sakaki, a sacred trees that symbolises success, reproduction, harmony and fortune to the ancestors. Then a priest pours gold tinted rice and turmeric on the couple to bless them for a prosperous life together.

A tea ceremony to honour the families of the bride and groom is sometimes done during the wedding or three days after it. It’s a lovely gesture and an opportunity for the new couple to reassure their parents that they are happy in their choice of spouse.

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