Summary: Asian wedding traditions are steeped in culture and religious beliefs. Many of these traditions have been around for thousands of years and little has changed in the way they are practiced.
Asian wedding traditions are considered to be one of the most sophisticated in the world. Most of these traditions have stood the test of time and are still being practiced to this day with great accuracy and due diligence. Asian cultures are very much focused on family. This is the reason why most Asian wedding traditions are respected and very much alive. Here are some of the most interesting ones.
Asking for Permission
In the Philippines, it is customary for the groom to observe what is called “pamanhikan”. This entails the man to formally ask the parents of the woman he intends to marry for their permission and blessings. During the actual “pamanhikan” itself, the parents discuss with the groom to be where they intend to live, how he will support their daughter and sometimes the topic of when they would be having kids and how many are also touched upon. Once the bride’s father consents to the union, only then will the wedding plans get formalized.
In Thailand, it is considered customary for the groom to cook a meal for the monks in his community prior to the wedding. The wedding only begins after the monk’s give their blessing. During the actual ceremony the groom and bride are seated hands folded and tied with a flower chain. The oldest member of the family has the honor of leading the wedding ceremony where he dips the couple’s hands into a shell that is filled with water. This activity is supposed to bring luck to the couple. In Thailand, wedding ceremonies are considered to be very intimate and private affairs, which are reserved only to close relatives and friends.
In China, wedding traditions vary from place to place and even from province to province. However, the most common trait they all share is the practice of the betrothal of the couple by their parents. There is also the required wearing of a red bridal gown to symbolize wealth and good fortune. There is the use of firecrackers in order to ward off evil spirits. There is usually a go-between that handles negotiations between prospective matches for the families. The dates are then set based on the birth signs of the bride and groom. The preparation for the wedding from the customary betrothal to the actual wedding ceremony is considered quite a complicated process. However, the actual wedding ceremony is quite simple.