Weddings are considered sacred in every culture with their own respective wedding traditions. Such traditions have remained in all societies from the past. Whether you read stories about wedding traditions from ancient societies or people from modern day China, with fewer variations, traditions during the wedding are followed religiously since they’re a deeply-rooted part of any culture! There are many interesting and unique Chinese wedding traditions that we are going to share with you today:
It is not the same as we experience at the Rukhsati. Rather, Chinese bride needs a month before the wedding to cry for one hour each day. As the days pass, other female family members join in the bride to cry with her. After one week, the mother of bride joins the bride, after two weeks the grandmothers and finally, the sisters join her. This depicts the joy and happiness to celebrate the nuptials. There are special crying songs and it is a must for the bride to perform the crying beautifully.
In every society, the bride has to leave her parents’ home. In Chinese, traditions too, the groom begins his procession with extreme joy and bang! The firecrackers, drum-beats, and gong are used to begin the journey towards bride’s home. The groom leads the procession along with a child, symbolizing future children.
This is similar to that what we call in Pakistan as Raasta Rukai. In Chinese traditions, when the groom and his family reach brides home, they are stopped by the bridesmaids. They bargain with the groom over money and ask him to perform few tricks. The groom cannot go inside the house without giving red packets of money to the bridesmaids or close young female members of the bride’s family.
In China, the color red is considered to reflect love, boldness, luck, and fertility. Chinese give so much importance to this color that the bride has to cover her face with red veil throughout the day. Moreover, a red umbrella is held by her mother over her head until the end of the ceremony. She also travels in the red bridal sedan.
After the wedding, the same day or the next, the couples serve tea to the elders of the groom’s family. They start serving the parents, then serve the oldest, and in the end to the youngest member of the family. On serving tea and taking a sip, the members of the family wish the couple happy life together with an envelope with money or a piece of jewelry inside it.
In our future posts, we are going to share more wedding traditions from other cultures of the world. so, stay tuned with blog.bridals.pk.