Saturday, April 6, 2013

Chinese Wedding Culture

With the development of society, different cultures would integrate with each other more or less. You may have a Chinese daughter-in-law or an American son-in-law. If the new couple prepare to hold a traditional Chinese wedding, it's important to acknowledge some details of the wedding culture.Chinese wedding culture is rich in symbolism and customs. Although some customs are no longer common in recent years, modern couples still incorporate some traditional elements into their wedding ceremonies and choice of dress.

  When the young couple decided to get married, the third party presented the girl's family with gifts and a marriage offer. If accepted, the boy's parents consulted an astrologer to determine whether the match contained any bad omens. If deemed acceptable, the boy's information passed to the bride's family. The two families met only upon mutual acceptance and then decided a propitious date as their big day.
  In Chinese wedding culture, a tea ceremony is the traditional marriage ceremony. During the ceremony, the bride and groom should kneel three times. First they kneel to heaven and earth, then the ancestral table and parents, last to each other. In modern practice, the couple bows instead of kneels. The bride then serves tea to the parents and family members in order of seniority. It concludes with the guests giving the bride gifts of money and jewelry in red envelopes at the beginning of the ceremony.
  Chinese brides traditionally wear a red dress. The belief is that the color keeps away evil spirits and brings good luck. During traditional times, the bride also wore a red veil that remained until the wedding night when the couple first saw each other. It's forbidden to exposure her face to anyone else.
  Traditionally, guests give money as the present to the bridal couple even in the early 21st century, according to Wedding Channel. The well-wishers place money in red envelopes and either giving them directly to the bride and groom or dropping them into a specified box at the wedding is acceptable.

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