Mar­riages made in heaven

An­nual Rose Wed­ding event held at the Bund

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE -

Be­ing a na­tion with a long his­tory of eti­quette, China has nu­mer­ous rit­u­als for dif­fer­ent cer­e­monies. As one of the most im­por­tant cer­e­monies that al­most every­one at­tends at least once in a life­time, a wed­ding has per­haps the most com­pli­cated set of for­mal­i­ties that new­ly­weds must go through to show their re­spect for the in­sti­tu­tion of mar­riage.

Dressed in hanfu (tra­di­tional Han cloth­ing) wed­ding gowns, grooms start the cer­e­mony by help­ing wash their brides’ hands and faces, im­ply­ing that they are start­ing their new life to­gether with pure and clean hearts. The groom and the bride then sit face to face to share a bowl of rice, sym­bol­iz­ing that they in­tend to share all their hap­pi­ness and hard­ships, joys and sor­rows.

Such rit­u­als were re­cently per­formed by 19 new­ly­weds at this year’s Rose Wed­ding, an an­nual group wed­ding event held on the Bund.

Part of the Shang­hai Tourism Fes­ti­val, this year’s large-scale wed­ding-themed event marked the 20th an­niver­sary of the Rose Wed­ding, adopt­ing the tra­di­tional Han eth­nic group wed­ding cer­e­mony, but in­te­grated with mod­ern el­e­ments to carry for­ward out­stand­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture.

At the Bund, 19 cou­ples from Shang­hai, Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and An­hui prov­inces tied their knots with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from Shang­hai Tourism Bureau, Shang­hai Civil Af­fairs Bureau and Huangpu district gov­ern­ment as their wit­nesses.

Di­rec­tors of mar­riage as­so­ci­a­tions from Shang­hai, Jiangsu, Zhe­jiang and An­hui prov­inces also of­fered gifts to the new­ly­weds to ex­press their good wishes. The cer­e­mony ended with each cou­ple ex­chang­ing wed­ding rings un­der the wit­ness of a rel­a­tive or a friend, at­tired ac­cord­ingly in tra­di­tional Han cloth­ing.

Later that af­ter­noon, the cou­ples at­tended a Western-style wed­ding cer­e­mony aboard a cruise ship at Wu­songkou In­ter­na­tional Cruise Ter­mi­nal. Heavy rains did not dampen their spir­its or en­thu­si­asm while pos­ing for wed­ding pho­tos.

Fol­low­ing the cer­e­mony, the new­ly­weds de­parted on the cruise ship to Fukuoka, Ja­pan, for a group hon­ey­moon.

Photo: Yang Hui/GT

New­ly­weds dressed in Chi­nese tra­di­tional wed­ding gowns at an an­nual group wed­ding event held at the Bund on Wed­nes­day

Pho­tos: Yang Hui/GT

Cou­ples bow to each other. A groom helps dress his bride in her wed­ding gown. Soon-to-be new­ly­weds await the be­gin­ning of their Western-style wed­ding cer­e­mony. A cou­ple un­der an um­brella

Cer­e­mony uten­sils Rel­a­tives and friends in tra­di­tional Chi­nese cloth­ing at the event A groom and his mother

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