Cultures of marriage in Asia

From India to Indonesia, China to Japan, Asia has a wealth of amazing faiths, faiths and customs. Below we explore some of the more substantial ones that have survived the test of time with regards to ceremonies and matrimony.

A Mehndi Festival

A Mehndi Festival 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 wedding custom known as the Chinese marriage or Guo Da Li ceremony occurs to mark the beginning of a conventional engagement between the couple’s and groom’s families. During this ceremony, which is typically followed by a dinner party for the bride’s family, Pin Li ( betrothal ang pao ) and Jia Zhuang ( bride’s dowry ) are exchanged several gifts.

During this ceremony the wedding is typically escorted to her husband’s home by adult members of her family who greet them at the doorway. She typically wears a dark scarf, sweater, or other piece of clothing, and is often adorned with gold and silver jewelry, especially a collar made of dome-shaped bells called Kalire, which is said to protect against bad. The bride and groom finally exchange pledges at a eastern bride on a raised platform known as the Mandap, which are similar to the Mandap.