Sunday, June 03, 2007

Weddings China Style

Leslie

Celebrating a wedding with the local population is indeed a great honour and something very enjoyable. As guests one is made to feel very welcome.

Leslie wed

There are many variations of the celebrations. Traditionally they start with fire crackers, lots of confetti, noise, dancing and walking to the celebration point. Alternatively, they may start with everyone meeting in a park or a beautiful setting and greeting the bride and groom outside.

Leslie David trad

At this point the bride is often dressed in a white western style gown and the groom dressed in a western style suit.

b&g by flags
After this, if you are not already indoors you will either move indoors or move to a marquee, to enjoy ceremony, speeches, food and drinks.
Leslie uncovered
Depending on the wealth of the families involved you will see the bride and groom in various outfits during the celebrations. Some weddings involve the happy couple appearing in traditional costumes to exchange greetings and vows according to centuries old traditions; this really is something special to enjoy. You will usually see rings exchanged, certificates presented and the couple greeting both sets of parents and serving them tea, as part of this happy celebration.

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The banquets usually contain many delicious dishes with a wide range of meats and vegetables, accompanied by various non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages. All guests are usually given sweets and cigarettes to take away as a ‘thank you’ gesture for helping celebrate the special occasion.
b&g relax
Weddings are a wonderful time to relax and enjoy life with the local population.

wedding streetwedding stage
Photography by Russell Uebergang