Knotty marriage problem
The Ministry of Civil Affairs of China recently issued a statement to control vulgar wedding horseplay so that Chinese marriage ceremonies do not become a showcase for ill-gotten wealth and obscene acts. The bride price and wedding horseplay are customs that are supposed to bring happiness, warmth and romance to newlyweds. But in a 2017 survey by Hunliji App, 83 percent female and 58 percent male respondents were against vulgar wedding horseplay. Although society detests it, horseplay is still frequent. In 2017, a groom in Anyang, Henan Province, killed his bride on the wedding night due to a dispute on bride price. On November 25, a groom in Zunyi, Guizhou Province, was hit by a car after he lost his cool during a vulgar wedding horseplay. If society fails to realize how unacceptable these practices are, tragedies will keep happening. The government’s statement aims to reform the system and help hold decent marriage ceremonies to help couples live happily ever after. However, the effect of the government move remains to be seen.