Friday, August 15, 2008

Colourful Traditional Chinese Wedding - PhotoHunt

Red is the dominant colour in a traditional Chinese wedding, the guests will be dressed in colourful clothes. The celebration is a joyous and colourful affair.

The bride’s face is covered with a red silk veil. A red mat is placed for the bride so her feet don't touch the bare earth when she alights from her sedan chair (or bridal car). The bride is required to step over a lit stove to cross the threshold of the groom's house. The fire would cast out evil influences.

The bride and groom are brought to the family altar, where they pay homage to Heaven and Earth and the family ancestors. Then the bride and groom bow to each other and the groom could finally raise the red veil and view the bride’s face.

A sweet tea, containing two lotus seeds or two red dates in each cup, is offered to the groom’s parents and relatives who would give them money or jewellery wrapped in red packets.







76 comments:

  1. Wah....queen for the day, feet oso cannot touch the ground! Your niece must be looking forward to her special day! And woo hoo...first commenter! :)

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  2. wah really traditional..remembering the olden days when a lady will piggyback the bride :P

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  3. I wonder if got people still practising this kind of traditional Chinese wedding. May be there are in some part of China?

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  4. Mariuca,
    Woohooo... you're the first commentator!!

    The most important day in a woman's life wor, must be treated like a Queen lah! Listening to my ideas and suggestions on their coming wedding, my niece and her future hubby are getting more worried. So much to do!? hehehe....

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  5. napaboaniya,
    Alamak! I'm supposed to piggyback my niece... must start my training or else will break my old bones! hehe...

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  6. Doreen,
    Yes! There are some people still going through this traditional Chinese wedding in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan! Even foreigners who want a piece of the action and a memorable wedding! :)

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  7. i have just attended a wedding recently and it wasn't nothing close to this :P except the tea ceremony :P

    i guess as times pass, some will forgo the traditions eg, stepping over the lil stove, though that could be interesting to watch :P

    lol there's even piggyback ? ganassss :D

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  8. satkuru,
    Many new couples are doing away with the many rituals and customs of a traditional wedding, opting for a simpler western one. :(

    A traditional wedding is really fun and interesting. I'm so looking forward to it and sharing it with my readers.

    I'm going to give my niece the piggy back. OK, back to the weight lifting..... hehe...

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  9. Whoa why lately so many posts about wedding? Preparing to 娶媳妇? LOL! :P

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  10. phew. I certainly wldn't go into so much trouble (my opinion of course!) on my big day. Just a simple beach wedding by the pool/beach. :P

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  11. Nice work East Coast Life. I want one of those.

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  12. Those are sure colorful a lot different then our American weddings.
    I also learn something interesting here.

    When you get a chance stop on in and remember the coffee is always on.

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  13. Thanks for sharing those memorable photos..reminds me of the telenovela that I recently watched "princess hours

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  14. well I guess that probably awedding that anyone would love to.

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  15. Very colorful and very interesting post as usual;D

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  16. Chinese always have colorful stuffs for any festival season.

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  17. day-dreamer,
    Only two posts on wedding! Helping my niece with her wedding preparations and also learning ahead to prepare for Jaymes' wedding. haha....

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  18. sho,
    Guys usually don't like such elaborate weddings. You gotta listen to your other half and both sets of parents, you have no say. hehe....

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  19. Colin Campbell,
    Have another wedding? I'll be glad to help. :P

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  20. peppylady,
    Compare to the solemn American wedding, the traditional Chinese wedding is much more fun and festive.

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  21. heartbeats,
    The wedding on Princess Hours is very elaborate! I would need half of the entire population of civil servants in Singapore to pull it off! haha....

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  22. Gbex,
    Well.... not many couples would like to go through the hassle. But it will be a memorable wedding.

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  23. keeyit,
    We Chinese have so many colourful celebrations. We always make it very noisy and get the whole village involved. :)

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  24. Gran,
    It would be a beautiful wedding and lots of fun... with eastcoastlife. hehe....

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  25. The only color I'm interested in is the red packet with lots of colorful big notes inside. :P

    Nice posting anyway. :)

    http://crizcats.blogspot.com/

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  26. criz,
    Why isn't interested in the contents in the red packets!? I want too.... and hope I don't have to give ang-pow because I'm helping with the wedding preparations. haha...

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  27. Looks like you would be the one who ensures that traditions are being passed down to the next generations. Cheers. :)

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  28. I would have loved this for my wedding instead of a boring white dress !!

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  29. Those are beautiful and colorful shots and it's fun learning about the traditional Chinese Wedding.

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  30. Great take on the theme.
    Very interesting.

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  31. These are definitely colourful! I played too


    Stop by if you can :)

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  32. I really like these cultural-related posts you've been writing. Keep it up! :)

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  33. Wow Chinese weddings are really colorful. I love all the clothes! I don't know about the stepping over a lit stove though :0)
    Happy hunting. I won't be playing this week!

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  34. this is my first time to watch chinese wedding ceremony. thanks for sharing in here

    My PH : in here Thanks

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  35. very nice colorful post. I have posted my photo hunt early since I am traveling for my 53rd (ouch) High School reunion. Please stop by on Sunday when I will post about my granddaughters wedding.

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  36. That is indeed a colorful tradition worth remembering. Good job!

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  37. interesting my first time to look a chinese wedding, why the face of the lady is covered? Perfect one for PH-theme! Mine's up too hope you can drop by and asking for your help again, voting poll located at my side bar... Hope you can vote for me... Thanks a lot! Happy weekend!

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  38. A beautiful wedding. Thanks for sharing the tradition.

    Happy Weekend.

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  39. Gorgeous, colorful clothing for weddings! You could post this for Ruby Tuesday! :)
    ECL, I awarded you with the Kick Ass Blogger Award. Come and get it!

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  40. Gorgeous, colorful clothing for weddings! You could post this for Ruby Tuesday! :)
    ECL, I awarded you with the Kick Ass Blogger Award. Come and get it!

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  41. Lovely pictures and a lovely tradition! The dress is really beautiful, much more imaginative then the current white trend I think.

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  42. I love coming to your posts. You teach me something new all the time. This colorful wedding post is very interesting. Great Photos!

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  43. Very traditional! I don't even know some of the traditions. :)

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  44. Wonderful photos and I didn't know any of that! :)

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  45. Bridal Car, lol! I think not much people are doing this nowadays. :/

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  46. great post. Fun to learn about the traditions.
    Have a great weekend.

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  47. this is absolutely interesting. I don't think a lot of Chinese are this traditional anymore here. It's really unique and the clothes the bride and groom wore are really pretty and special! would love to see more pics! :)

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  48. are they still doing that? i thought they stopped doing this type of traditional wedding?

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  49. that's truly a colorful event!
    Congratulations and Best Wishes to the couple!
    happy weekend

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  50. no leh. nowadays some women I know very chin chai and dislike the traditional baggage too. Hopefully I can settle down with one of them whose parents are not fussy. Haha.

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  51. Lovely photos for this theme ECL. A very happy event. Have a great weekend.

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  52. Beautiful pictures today. I'm joining for the first time, it promises to be fun!

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  53. I have many Chinese friends but their weddings are usually modern. I would love to witness a traditional Chinese wedding. Thanks for sharing these great photos and for sharing the interesting info.

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  54. I love weddings, ECL, and love learning about the Chines ones. Very colorful indeed!
    Happy weekend, my friend!

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  55. that is very interesting wedding and unique. Happy hunting!

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  56. Very beautiful and majestic. Great photo for today!

    I also did Photo Hunt. Come share your link! :) http://newyorktraveler.net/photo-hunters-colorful/

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    http://allaboveus.wordpress.com/

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  58. wow, ECL, you changed yr comment form too! :) so neat! actually i did that few days ago but i've got negative response about this comment form embedded below post. It seems to have slowed down my load page time. But since your blog is with lesser widget, i think it should be all right! :)

    oh, i've always been fascinated with chinese traditional wedding! I lvoe their head gear and costumes. :)

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  59. wow! that's so cute!
    oh by the way I have a tag for you...
    I hope you don't mind!
    heres the link

    www.chie-manilagurl.blogspot.com

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  60. Lovely Ceremony and excellent photos.
    I did learn from this post

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  61. Yes, I've seen Traditional Chinese wedding in the pictures only. It's beautiful dress.

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  62. Really colourful, unlike any of the weddings we have here. It's really interesting to read about different traditions.

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  63. Wow, so interesting. I am not sure I'd like to be the bride or groom in such a wedding (looks like a lot of work to me), but I would love to be a guest!

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  64. oh! i remember i wear black on a chinese wedding day. i didnt know that you should wear colorful dress also. well.. it was in Taiwan. hehehe. mine is up here Our Journey and Jaz Another Day

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  65. This is certainly colorful attire for the Chinese bride. Thanks for sharing these traditions today. I enjoyed the COLORFUL theme so much this week that I participated twice: once this morning at SacredRuminations and the other at Small Reflections ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  66. Next time I get married, I wanna do it in China ;-)

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  67. Thats interesting and very colourful, its really good to learn of traditions in other countries. Thanks for this.

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  68. Two good shots. Glad to learn more about the Chinese wedding from your blog today.

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  69. interesting ritual... i noticed that red is a prominent color for the Chinese. it seems to symbolize celebrations, too.

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