Oranges, brandy, dragon and phoenix candles
PhotoHunt theme : With what do you like to travel/Citrus
Listening to the museum guide explaining some of the cultures and rituals (although many are no longer in practice today) of Peranakans, it was fascinating. The Lap Chai Ceremony (Wedding Gift Exchange Ceremony) between the families of the bride and groom before the wedding is especially interesting.
raw pork trotter
"The exchange of a raw pork trotter serves as an acknowledgement by the bridegroom’s family that they were receiving a virginal bride." (These days it is hard to find a virgin bride.)
Citrus fruits such as oranges are given by the bridegroom as they are auspicious fruits. The round shape symbolises good wishes for a ‘full’ and long life. A pair of red candles and two bottles of brandy are included.
jewellery and a red packet
This is interesting, the bridegroom thanking the bride's parents for bringing her up. Besides a set of clothing and a tray of jewellery, a red packet containing the ‘wang tetek’ (breast money – money remitted to the bride’s mother for her breast-fed milk) is delivered to the bride.
Peranakan Bridal Chamber
These rituals are similar to what I had to go through during my Chinese wedding. My parents returned most of what were given and replaced with other similar produce. A dowry is usually returned as accepting dowry is akin to the parents selling their daughter.
rickshaw - a two-wheeled, human-powered vehicle
Would any bride like to travel on a rickshaw on her wedding day? It would be fun. Let's hope her man is strong enough to pull it with her sitting behind. :D