Love is in the air! Interesting marriage customs in Asian cultures

Marriage customs in different cultures are not to be taken lightly. So if you’re tying the knot soon to a native who’s from one of the following countries (and subscribes to the customs and traditions there) we’ve listed here, this may be helpful for you!

Unique and interesting marriage customs in Asia

Asia is a continent with diverse cultures, traditions and definitely marriage customs. In all of these cultures, marriage is a highlight and must be done absolutely right. These Asian wedding traditions are extremely beautiful although very distinct.

If your family or partner’s family places great emphasis on rites and customs, you’ll find some of these being discussed in the middle of wedding preparation!

Japan

If you’re attending a wedding but clueless about what to give to the couple – money is just as appreciated as anything else is. Simply give it in decorated Shugi-Bukuro envelopes.  (Check this out: Tips for going to a modern Japanese wedding)

Another tradition: On the table, don’t be surprised to find lobster as the main dish (Sorry if you’re allergic to seafood or not a fan of it).  It’s served as it’s associated with ‘luck’ due to its rich red colour.  Another star of the table would be clams, as they symbolise the couple’s unity.

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China

It comes as no surprise that this country has special wedding customs in addition to the many other customs they have (good luck charms, feng shui, to name a few).

The Chinese are extremely superstitious about wedding dates. In fact, you may even have to consult an astrologer or fortuneteller with your wife/husband-to-be for the most favourable wedding date. Otherwise, you might have an ‘unlucky marriage.’

Other customs include the man’s family bringing a roast pig to the girl’s house, the gift of a dowry and fruits. Sometimes, there is also the engagement of a ‘dai kam jie’ or ‘bride’s chaperone’. This role is extremely important and at times families hire professionalsto ensure success!

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India

Filled with special ceremonies and rituals, Indian weddings are some of the loveliest occasions, full of colour and dancing and celebration!

Before the actual wedding is the engagement, an event wherein the groom and the bride exchange rings. But that’s not all; families also exchange gifts and sweets in a gesture of goodwill and unity. (On the web: Tips to survive a traditional Indian wedding)

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Indonesia

In Java, a wedding can last for a week (what?) because everyone just wants to throw a party. That’s how festive a wedding here is. The extent of wedding celebrations differ from family to family or caste to caste.

But in all cases, couples must get consent from their parents. This is because Indonesians believe that ‘marriage is a lasting bond that combines two families’ forever.

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As diverse as its culture, language and people, marriage customs in Asia are simply amazing! They open our eyes to the differences we all have, even though we’ve been living under the same skies.

So, would you share a wedding custom you find interesting?  Our community would love to know!

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