One of the most important cultural traditions in Vietnam is the country’s wedding tradition. Heavily influenced by Buddhist ideologies, it is both interesting and beautiful.
The Vietnamese’s wedding tradition is a rather elaborate event, as evident from the food that’s served right up to the bride’s wedding gown.
The style of the Nguyen Dynasty has remained popular and is still the preferred choice for wedding attire today. What’s amazing is that the clothing is not the usual white or beige. It’s red or pink and decorated with an imperial phoenix. Elaborate headdresses and cloaks are also a part of the traditional wedding attire.
The ceremony itself is quite a treat. An engagement precedes the wedding, and soon after this, preparations for the wedding begin. The bride is received at her house with several traditional gifts such as betel nuts, cakes, roast pig, fabric, and jewellery. Upon arrival at the house, fireworks are set off and they light up the sky to mark the auspicious occasion.
Although the tea drinking culture in Vietnam is not as steeped in tradition as it is in China and Japan, the two uniting families enjoy several cups of tea after exchanging gifts.
Following this, the bride and groom, along with their families and guests, observe a candle ceremony which symbolises marriage and unity. The groom’s gift boxes filled with jewellery are opened by the groom’s mother, who then puts each piece on the bride for good fortune.
Steeped in Asian culture, the Vietnamese wedding tradition is as beautiful as it is different.
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