As the society modernises, so does traditions and practices. Weddings held in Singapore are pretty much Westernized, where the bride will wear a white gown and the groom will wear a black suit. However, we have kept some traditions up to this date which I will introduce to you in this blog article. One thing to note is that Singapore is a multi-racial country mainly made up of Malays, Indians and Chinese, with each racial group having their own unique practices. As I am a Chinese, I am only familiar with Chinese traditions, which is what I will be writing about here.
1. Gate-crashing at the bride’s house
One highlight of a Chinese wedding in Singapore is the gate-crash at the bride’s house. On the morning of the wedding, the groom and his groomsmen will make their way to the bride’s house. There, they will be put through a series of test before the groom can meet his bride. The bridesmaid will come up with various games that tend to be difficult to pass, and sometimes even results in the groom eating something unwanted or doing silly acts. Nevertheless, it is a comical spectacle that viewers will enjoy. Only after passing through the series of games, will the group then be able to meet his bride.
2. Tea Ceremony
Another tradition is the tea ceremony. During this ceremony, the bride and the groom will offer tea to the elders from each other’s family as a sign of respect and acceptance into the family. After accepting the tea, the elders will give the couple a red packet which contains money, or sometimes even jewellery to the bride. The younger siblings of the bride and groom can offer tea to them as a sign of respect as well. In my opinion, I think this is a very emotional part of the wedding where the couple will pay their respects to the elders of the family.
3. Wedding banquet
Finally to end of the day of wedding celebrations, couples will normally hold a wedding banquet dinner for friends and family in a hotel or restaurants. Video montages about the couple, special performances, speeches by friends or family are just some of the things that happen during the wedding banquet. Nowadays, some couples do away with this banquet as the costs is pretty high or they will find other unique alternatives.
It is interesting to look at a wedding traditions of different countries as it is telling of the various culture influences that they have!
By Tan LiJia Gloria, ASEAN Correspondent from Singapore