Dis­play of wealth to no pur­pose

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

The pho­to­graph of a bride wear­ing three neck­laces and about 70 gold bracelets dur­ing an ex­trav­a­gant wed­ding cer­e­mony in Zhong­shan, Guang­dong prov­ince, posted on the In­ter­net has sparked a heated on­line de­bate. Some people may have crit­i­cized the bride out of jeal­ousy or envy, but one thing is for cer­tain that a vul­gar dis­play of wealth does not guar­an­tee a happy mar­riage, says an ar­ti­cle in Qian­jiang Evening News. Ex­cerpts:

In­deed, a per­son has the right to de­cide what he/ she will wear on a cer­tain oc­ca­sion. But the daugh­ter of a lo­cal ty­coon wear­ing dozens of ounces of gold or­na­mentson­the day of her mar­riage­may look like a fig­ure en­act­ing a farce.

A lux­u­ri­ous wed­ding cer­e­mony sends out sub­tle but com­pli­cated sig­nals. It could help ex­hibit the wealth of the bride’s or groom’s fam­ily, or both the fam­i­lies. Apart from that, how­ever, ex­trav­a­gant wed­dings serve no other fa­mil­ial or so­cial pur­pose.

One could un­der­stand the essence of fa­vor as part of Chi­nese tra­di­tion. But an ex­trav­a­gant wed­ding has noth­ing to do with love or hap­pi­ness and thus sig­ni­fies the poor so­cial un­der­stand­ing of fam­i­lies in­dulging in it.

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