Marry the Bride (1)

In Chinese tradition wedding, there was an important ritual for the groom on the weeding day – making a special trip to the bride’s home and fetching his beloved home.

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In old days, to marry his beloved bride the groom would launch a grand welcoming party. The dense firecrackers, loud gongs and drums marked the start of the procession from the groom’s home. The groom who led the procession was accompanied by a child as an omen of his future son. Bridal sedan chair was preceded by attendants, which was completely covered with red satin and fresh flowers, and followed by lanterns, banners, musicians, and a “dancing” lion or unicorn.

On arriving at the bride’s house, the groom’s party was “blocked” by the bride’s friends, who would not “allow” the bride to pass until they were satisfied by red packets of money. Sometimes these friends even “tortured” the bride by setting up various obstacles, so that the bride

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should proof his courage in overcoming every difficulty to pursuit his lover and happiness.

After going through the obstacles, the groom would be honored having dinner with the bride’s family. According to the tradition, he would receive a pair of chopsticks and two wine goblets wrapped in red paper – a symbolic of receiving the joy of the family in connection with their daughter. In some regions, he would be offered sweet longan tea, two boiled eggs in syrup and transparent noodles, all of which are served as propitious omens. Another variation was a bowl of soup with a half-boiled egg – the yolk of which must be broken, as a symbolic of breaking the bride’s ties with her family.

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