Traditions of marriage in Asia


From India to Indonesia, China to Japan, Asia has a wealth of great nations, sects and practices. Around we examine some of the more significant ones that have survived the test of time with regards to ceremonies and wedding.

A Mehndi Ceremony

A Mehndi Meeting 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 essential and symbolic wedding custom known as the Chinese wedding or Guo Da Li meeting occurs to mark the start of a formal proposal between the bride and groom’s communities. At this ceremony, which is typically followed by a family dinner party, several gift exchanges, including the Pin Li ( betrothal ang pao ) and Jia Zhuang ( bride’s dowry ) take place.

During this ceremony the wife is traditionally escorted to her husband’s apartment by adult members of her family who greet them at the entrance. She typically wears a red trousers, blouse, or other piece of clothing, and is often adorned with gold and silver jewelry, especially a necklace made of dome-shaped bells called Kalire, which is said to protect against bad. The bride and groom then exchange commitments at a eastern marriage on a raised platform known as the Mandap, which is similar to the Mandap.