VIETNAMESE WEDDING TRADITIONS AND CUSTOMS

     

Are you marrying a Vietnamese man or woman? The traditional Vietnamese wedding is a special day in the Vietnamese culture. It derives its influence from the Confucian and Buddhist ideologies.

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Are you about khổng lồ attend a Vietnamese wedding? Or bởi you want to learn more about their culture, read on and learn about some of the most intriguing customs & Vietnamese wedding traditions. In the past, the Vietnamese wedding ceremony consisted of six ceremonies.

They included:


The Nap tai – In this ceremony, the groom’s family brings a pair of birds lớn the bride’s home. This is khổng lồ inform her family of the intentions khổng lồ marry the girl.The Van danh – In this ceremony, the future groom would send a matchmaker lớn the bride’s house lớn ask the girl’s name and birthday.The Nap cát – This ceremony informed the girl’s family that the groom went lớn a fortune teller. The rest of the ceremonies followed only if the fortune teller said they would make a good couple.The Nap Te – The future groom & his family bring presents to the bride’s family.Thinh ky – The ceremony was lớn decide on the wedding date.Than nghinh – In this ceremony, the groom’s family brings presents to the girl’s family & escorts the bride khổng lồ the groom’s house.
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These ceremonies were strictly observed and held on different days. The Vietnamese weddings have three major ceremonies that happen on the same day.

They include:


The Permission ceremony (Le dam ngo)

This Vietnamese wedding tradition brings the two families together lớn a formal meeting to lớn ask for the bride’s hand in marriage. The groom’s family brings gifts lượt thích betel, fruits, areca nuts and sweet treats lớn the bride’s family.

The gifts are in even not odd numbers to lớn avoid bringing bad luck lớn the couple. The groom’s parents pray in front of the altar of the bride’s ancestors. They also ask for permission for their children to date. In the past, this ceremony brought the bride & groom together for the first time. This is because they had arranged marriages.


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The Betrothal ceremony (Le an hoi)

This is the official engagement ceremony. The families inform the relatives and friends about the marriage between their children. The girl is presented as a fiancée to lớn the groom lớn be and he is accepted as a family member into the bride’s family.

This ceremony happens before the actual wedding day or on the morning of the wedding day. Families, relatives và close friends of both the bride & groom all come to the ceremony. The bride’s parents decides the number of feasts the wedding will have and the gifts given.

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The gifts may include tea, wine, betel leaves, fruits, wedding pies, candles, a full roasted pig và a traditional wedding dress. In the engagement ceremony, the bride wears the traditional ao dai in bright gold or red colors.

The groom wears ao dai or a suit. Family and friends who carry red gift boxes also wears ao dai for the ladies and pants and a shirt for the men. The guests are also không tính tiền to wear formal clothings or ao dai.


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The wedding ceremony

The wedding date và time of the marriage ceremony is mix on by the Buddhist monk or a fortune teller. This may change if the family is of the Catholic religion. The traditional Vietnamese wedding consists of a phối of activities. They include, asking for permission to receive the bride, receiving the bride at her house và escorting her lớn the groom’s house.

On the morning of the wedding day, the groom & his groomsmen bring red covered gift boxes lớn the bride’s house. Together with his family members, relatives and friends they bring them lớn the bride’s house. On arrival the bridesmaid’s & family members will greet them at the flower gate.

It is a formal way lớn receive them as well as the gifts và invite them into the family house. The bridesmaids bring the gifts inside và present them in front of the ancestor’s altar. The representative of the groom starts the introductions, before the bride’s family accepts the gifts và opens them. The bride’s mother will wall the bride out khổng lồ the wedding ceremony room and hand her over to the groom.

The tea ceremony and candle ceremony celebrate the coming together of the couple. The groom pours tea into a small cup và offers it lớn the matchmaker & the bride’s representative. The bride’s mother chooses gifts & makes offerings at the ancestor’s altar for good luck.


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The Vietnamese traditions require that the newlyweds bow at the ancestor’s altar lớn pray for happiness and good luck in their marriage. The Vietnamese couples receive gifts from their relatives và friends. They include money, bracelets, necklaces và all types of jewelry.

The bride’s family divides the wedding gifts into two parts & send come back to the groom’s family. The groom’s mother opens the groom’s gift boxes và puts each piece of the jewelry on the bride for good fortune. Wedding rings are now a norm in the Western style Vietnamese weddings.

Catholic weddings reserve the exchange of wedding bands for a separate church ceremony. The newlyweds will give the bridesmaids red envelopes with money as a sign of gratitude for he. It is also a sign of best wishes khổng lồ go find their better halves soon. This marks the kết thúc of the wedding party.


The wedding reception (Le don dau or Vu Quy)

Vietnamese wedding receptions are important events usually occurring right after the wedding ceremony. The bride must say goodbye to lớn her parents and family and follow the groom khổng lồ his house in a procession. The mother of the bride must stay at trang chủ and hide her tears.

At the groom’s house, the couple burns incense in front of their ancestors. The bride is brought lớn the couple’s room & shown their marriage bed. The bride và groom’s family và friends are invited into a reception at the groom’s house.

Today the wedding reception can be at any venue of the couple’s choice. Meals are in plenty with about 7 khổng lồ 10 course meals. They include, cold platters, hot dishes lượt thích seasoned lobster, seafood hot pot và other Vietnamese dishes. Desserts or fruit platters are last.

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In modern weddings, the wedding cake comes last. The bride và groom serves it as the final delicacy before the reception ceremony ends with Vietnamese wedding traditions.