There were variations across the vast expanses of China - from region to region and even village to village. Obviously, there were also significant differences that reflect the wealth of the bride and groom's social status. So, what follows it should be regarded as a mix of many variants wedding rituals that were in practice in past.
The main objectives that are considered at every Chinese wedding ceremony are-
- Membership and the improvement of both families and ensure the succession of many descendants.
- Respect to parents and ancestors.
- Signs to promote fertility and wealth, financial and social obligations of the two families of commitment,
- Great gifts of the label and the incorporation of the bride in her husband's family are recurring elements.
Traditional Chinese Wedding Proposal & Engagements
In Chinese culture, wedding is considered a union of two families, so, once the couple decides to marry, the two families are also involved.
The day of the engagement, "great gift" is presented by the groom's family to the family of the bride. This is a solemn occasion when the two families officially recognize the marriage and give their blessings. Gifts proposals usually include silver symbol wrapped in a red envelope and items such as tea, "cake double happiness", men and women couple poultry, sweets and sugar, wine and tobacco. Money sign is usually $ 99 or $ 999 Number nine which denotes "forever" in Chinese culture. The tea is included as an important part of the donation, because the two families wish the new couple to have many descendants as tea leaves. Total grant elements should still be numbers.
The family of the bride distributes the "cake double happiness" to friends and family as a form of advertising. Today both families send "cake double happiness" with the wedding invitations. At this point, the two families begin to prepare for the wedding.
Day of the wedding
The "Hair Dressing" Ritual of the Bride and "covered" parts Ritual husband symbolized his initiation into adulthood and was important preparations for the wedding. Red symbol of joy, a prominent place on clothing and other ritual objects related to marriage.
The "Hair Dressing" Ritual
On the eve of her wedding day (or the day before), the bride is bathed in water infused with pumelo, a variety of grapefruit, to clean the bad influences; and suspected as a cosmetic to soften the skin in the form of alpha hydroxy contemporary. He get new underwear and sat before lit candles Dragon and Phoenix.
Bride after completing her preparations for the wedding, bowed her head to the parents and ancestral and wait the arrival of the bridal procession from to start her journey to the groom's house.
The Ritual "cap"
The girl wears a long gown dress, red shoes and a red silk sash. The groom holds a ball of silk on his shoulder and kneel before the family, while the father impose a ceiling decorated with cypress leaves on his head.
The groom bowed to the tablets of Heaven and Earth and their parents. His father took the ball silk belt and placed it on top of the bridal sedan chair.