Singaporean wedding rites and rituals have, of late, branched out from the Eastern traditions of yore and have become a beautiful union of cross-cultural wedding ceremonies and practices. Today, a typical Singaporean wedding ceremony is seen as a meeting of Western contemporary modernity and Eastern traditional uniqueness.
Here’s a glimpse of a Singaporean wedding.
The groom’s family offers a set of gifts to their future in-laws. Often, the gifts include money, gold, and dry fruits. The custom states that the gifts should not come in odd numbers, as it considered inauspicious. Sometimes, the brides’ family may return a portion of the gifts in reciprocation of courtesy.
Traditionally the groom and his ‘xiong di dui’ (band of brothers), consisting of male friends and relatives, go over to the bride’s house to fetch her. At her house, the bridesmaids may put the groom in a trial of games before letting him in. This is considered a fun activity before the wedding.
Rich tea-drinking ceremonies are steeped in Asian culture, and Singaporean weddings, too, stay true to them. The couple will first pay homage to their ancestors with a prayer. As a gesture of respect, they then present cups of different types of tea to the groom’s parents and elders of his family.
The parents of the marrying couple throw an elaborate wedding feast on the day of the wedding to commemorate the union of their children. Typical dishes include a braised pork, roast chicken, steamed fish, glutinous rice cooked in lotus leaf, and other dishes, each with their own symbolism.
Three days after the wedding ceremony it is customary for the newlyweds to pay the bride’s parent’s home a visit. Gifts are exchanged during the homecoming.
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