Monday, May 20, 2013

The Chinese Betrothal Ceremony

Some of you may have experienced a Chinese wedding before, but unless you are 1) a wedded Asian, or 2) relatives of someone who has gone through a traditional Chinese wedding, you may not have experienced a "Guo Dai Li" (or betrothal ceremony). Essentially, this is a pre-wedding ceremony in which the groom's family visits the bride's family and presents a series of wedding gifts - mostly very traditional and auspicious foods (whole roasted pig!) - and then the bride's family gives back a set of gifts in return. I'm not sure that these ceremonies are usually as boisterous and full of guests as my cousin's was this weekend, but it was definitely fun!

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Today's festivities brought to you by the red letter 囍 (aka 'Double Happiness').

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Can you tell who the father of the soon to be bride is?

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Fathers of the Bride and Groom ham it up.

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Trying out the various flavours of 'Wifey Cakes'.

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And as you may have seen before from my previous posts, there's always incense and a head-on chicken as part of Chinese festivities.

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