Bridal Custom in Thailand

Any Thai couple’s bridal is a significant event in their lives. Typically, the handful kneel in front of their parents or elders to express thanks and ask for forgiveness before an older male, known as a’ sai sin’, is invited to bless the couple. The newly-weds are furthermore dipped in divine liquid and tied to pieces of bright yarn,” sai sin,” around their ankles. Many relatives, friends and properly- wishers may tie the string bracelets for them as well, adding to the pleasant atmosphere of the occasion.

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to respect and applaud their elders for helping them live happy lives. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.