6 necessary procedures are involved in the traditional Chinese marriage
China is a large country with 56 different ethnicities. Different ethnicities have different marriage customs, but whatever the ethnicity is, the wedding ceremony is usually very complicated. The traditional Chinese marriage involves 6 essential procedures, which are: match-making, birthdate matching, betrothal presents, arranging the wedding, meeting the bride, and three bows in the wedding ceremony. This week we will look at three of the steps leading up to a traditional Chinese marriage.
Matchmaking- The first step for the traditional Chinese marriage
In feudal China, If an unmarried boy’s parents find a girl they are interested in, they will find a matchmaker to make a proposal. The matchmaker’s job is to smooth over any conflict of interests and help prevent all the little embarrassments which may happen when two families who hardly know each other are discussing the possibility of a marriage between their children.
Birthdates-matching:-to predict the future of that couple-to-be
If the selected girl and her parents do not object to the proposal, the matchmaker will proceed to the next step – matching the couples’ birthdates. Birthdate-matching is a kind of Chinese fortune telling which is used to predict the future of that couple-to-be. If the result is good, then the couple can proceed to the next step, submitting the bride’s dowry price.
Betrothal presents-an essential step before wedding
At this point the bridegroom’s family arranges for the matchmaker to present the bride’s dowry (betrothal gifts), including a betrothal letter, to the bride’s family.