Weddings are extremely important, especially if you are Asian or plan on having an Asian wedding. There is just something about Asian weddings that fascinates everyone. The traditions, delicious food, happy faces, and the number of attendees make Asian weddings a must-attend. If you are interested in learning more about Asian weddings, this post is just for you. It takes a look at the different types of wedding traditions across Asia, from Pakistan to Japan.
Pakistani/ Indian weddings are all about colours and festivities. They tend to be huge and incredibly bold. A wide range of customs and traditions are celebrated at these weddings where hundreds or even thousands of guests arrive to celebrate the getting together of not just two individuals, but two families. An all-night-long party is held which focuses on prosperity, harmony, and happiness between the bride and groom.
A traditional Muslim wedding is conducted by an Imam (Priest) who prays for the couple to be blessed. There are also pre-wedding rituals where family members and friends come together to put henna on the bride and groom, and sing-along to popular beats. Pakistani and Indian weddings have inspired people across the globe when it comes to hosting a wedding. As for a traditional Hindu wedding, the couple is made to encircle a fire which blesses them with prosperity and happiness. Keep in mind that there is no kissing involved.
Similar to Pakistan/ India, China is an extremely diverse country that consists of different ethnic groups. Hence, weddings across the country vary. However, to make things official in China, couples need to take their vows at the Civil Affairs Bureau. It is up to the couple to decide whether they want a traditional ceremony or not. The groom has to collect the bride and pay some money to get her released from her girlfriends who have held her hostage. The wedding reception is decorated with everything in red as it symbolizes love, honor, loyalty, and success. Besides red, the color gold is also used in the decorations as it represents good fortune and wealth. Chinese brides tend to wear red and also a Western-style dress at the reception.
Everyone from the family comes together to make the wedding happen. It includes grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and so on. Each person is served a cup of tea at the wedding. Attendees place a red envelope on the tea tray. It contains money and is given to the couple to help them start a new life together.
Finally, moving on the land of the rising sun, Japan is a country that manages to maintain a balance between its Shinto past and Western future. Traditional Shinto wedding ceremonies continue to be held where the couple and close family members come together to celebrate love. The couple wears a specific set of kimonos to highlight harmony between the spouses.
Asian weddings are worth a visit. If you plan on having an Asian wedding, the traditions and style mentioned above will help inspire you.
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