Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"A lor Star " Chinese Wedding! SDE 19.3.2011 Videography by Leonard Hon
Kuen Han & Jia Jie wedding Highlight SDE 19.3.2011. Alor Setar Malaysia.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_marriage
Traditional marriage rituals
A modern wedding held in a Ming Dynasty format. Chinese marriage became a custom between 402 and 221 B.C. Despite China's long history and many different geographical areas, there are basically six rituals, generally known as the three letters and six etiquette (三書六禮).
Arranging the wedding: Before wedding ceremony, two families would arrange a wedding day according to Chinese Tung shing, make sure the day is good for wedding in order to assure their good future would not be affected by choosing a bad day of wedding. In some cases there may be no auspicious dates and the couple will have to review their chose date range.
Wedding Ceremony: The final ritual is the actual wedding ceremony where bride and groom become a married couple, which consists of many elaborate parts:
Wedding Procession: The wedding procession from the bride's home to the groom's home. The procession consists of a traditional band, the bride's sedan, the maids of honor's sedans (if there are maids of honor), and bride's dowry in the forms other than money.
Welcoming the Bride: The wedding procession of the bride's family stops at the door of the groom's home. There are ceremonies to be followed to welcome the bride and her wedding procession into the groom's home, which varies from locale to locale.
Actual Wedding Ceremonies: Equivalent to exchanging vows in the west, the couple would pay respect to the Jade Emperor, the family deities (or buddhas and bodhisattvas), paying respect to deceased ancestors, the bride and groom's parents and other elders, and paying respect to each other.
Wedding banquet In Chinese society, the wedding banquet is known as xǐ-jǐu (喜酒, literally joyful wine), and is sometimes far more important than the actual wedding itself. There are ceremonies such as bride presenting wines or tea to parents, spouse, and guests.
Before modern times, women were not allowed to choose the person they married. Instead, the family of the bride picked the prospective husband. Marriages were chosen based upon the needs of reproduction and honor, as well as the need of the father and husband.