Wedding Customs in Asia

From India to Indonesia, China to Japan, Asia has a wealth of great nations, religions and cultures. Below we examine some of the more major versions that have survived the test of time with regards to marriages and wedding.

A Mehndi Meeting

A Mehndi Meeting is an important pre-wedding ritual that takes place in many Asian cultures and involves the application of intricate henna designs on the hands and feet of the bride. This is thought to bring good luck, fertility and prosperity to the couple. This ceremony is often accompanied by music and dancing and it is customary for the bride’s female friends and relatives to also get their hands decorated with henna.

An important and metaphorical bride custom known as the Chinese betrothal or Guo Da Li meeting occurs to mark the beginning of a elegant wedding between the bride and groom’s people. At this ceremony, which is typically followed by a family dinner party, several gift exchanges, including the Pin Li ( betrothal ang pao ) and Jia Zhuang ( bride’s dowry ) take place.

During this meeting the wedding is usually escorted to her father’s residence by female members of her family who greet them at the door. She typically wears a dark scarf, dress, or other piece of clothing, as well as gold and silver jewelry, especially a jewellery made of dome-shaped bells called Kalire, which is said to protect against evil. The bride and groom subsequently exchange pledges at a eastern bridal on a raised software known as the Mandap, which is similar to the Mandap.

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