This is a repost from my old livejournal blog which I abandoned long time ago.
An Aussie friend and his lovely Chinese girlfriend got married in a traditional Chinese wedding at Beihai Park, one snowy day. Beihai Park, in Beijing, is the park where the Mongolian hero-fighter Genghis Khan built the famous White Pagoda on the hill that houses the Buddha With a Thousand Hand.
Here’s what happened at the ceremonies of my very first traditional Chinese Wedding.
Before 10:00 a.m., guests were already waiting at the East gate of Beihai Park. It was snowing but that didn’t stop us from attending this unique wedding ceremonies from the country that boasts of 5000 years of civilization.
the drummer boys
Dressed in bright red costumes, the drummer boys got themselves ready with their musical instruments. The mobile chamber where the bride was to be carried was fully covered in red silk, lavishly embroidered with a phoenix and dragon creatures, powerful emblems for a woman and man.
The parade began with firing up confettis on air. Of course, a deafening noise barrage followed to send the devils or bad luck away. The bride, whose face was fully covered in silk veil, was then assisted to her chamber and about ten men carried it all the way to the wedding reception. The groom followed her bride with his best man.
Two dancing lions led the parade. Ocassional stops in every important spots were made while the master of ceremonies was blabbing this and that in the language unknown to the foreign guests.
We passed on the bridge, to the tunnel-like arches, to the long corridor, and to another gate.
outside the reception
When everyone gathered around at the doorsteps of the reception, the bride came out from the chamber. She’s still covered in red silk veil. Her maid of honor assisted her down the carriage to the red carpet where the groom awaited for her arrival.
Then, the traditional ceremonies had to be done.
Throwing of the arrows. The groom was given two arrows and threw them into the air.
Unveiling the Bride. The emcee gave the groom a scepter-like baton to use it in unveiling his bride; touching was not allowed. He has to use that stick in getting rid of that silk veil.
Finally, picture taking with family members, relatives and friends in an Oscar-like fashion. (I’m talking about the red-carpet hospitality.)
Watch the video of the whole ceremonies here.
at the reception
Ok, i’m not going to be verbose here. I’ll just bullet the things that transpired inside the traditional, posh chinese restaurant considered by many Beijingers as a good place to spend dinner.
And everyone was happy.