Some good luck charms
Congratulations! This is your day, the day of your life. According to an English wedding tradition, a bride could bless herself with all the luck she needs by taking along four symbolic pieces of “something” on her grand day. So what would be your good luck charms?
Something old for a lasting marriage
Something new for a beautiful future
Something borrowed for additional happiness
Something blue for love, purity and fidelity
Sometimes, a wedding’s most memorable moments are these Chinese traditions that shower the couple with well-wishes.
梳头 Shu Tou
Wake up to beautiful blessings. 梳头 Shu Tou or hair-combing is one of the most touching wedding traditions where the parents of the bride comb her tresses three times on the morning of the day she leaves home to start a new life.
A blessing is said with each combing. A tear-jerking moment every time.
May your marriage last till the end of time.
May you have love and respect for each other till old age.
May you have an abundance of children and grandchildren.
敬茶 Jing Cha
This represents a significant moment when two families become one. Through the respectful act of tea-serving, the newlyweds ask for blessings from their parents, in-laws, and elders.
The ritual is usually held on the wedding day at the couple’s homes. First, at the groom’s when he fetches his bride home. Then, at the bride’s place when she returns to her parents from the groom’s abode.
The couple will serve tea to their elders, and in turn, they will be served by their juniors. Here’s the hierarchical order:
- Uncles/Aunties (in order of seniority)
- Elder siblings
- Elder cousins
- Younger siblings
- Nieces and nephews
Gifts in the form of red packets or jewellery will be presented to the bride and groom after each serving. These gifts are placed on the tea tray to be kept by the bridesmaid or best man.