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6 weird and wonderful Chinese Wedding traditions
Every culture has its own fabulous traditions – here are some of the most wonderful, as well as the most unusual Chinese ones! 1. Planned Crying You read correctly. A traditional Chinese custom demands one month before the wedding, the bride must cry on purpose for an hour each day. One week in, the mother of the bride will join in, two weeks in the grandmother and finally the sisters of the bride. The custom is meant to signify extreme happiness towards the upcoming nuptials, and on the wedding day, a crying marriage song must be sung and the bride will be judged on how beautifully she can do this. 2. Shooting The Bride Not as deadly as it sounds! The groom must shoot three arrows (none with arrow heads!) at the bride. When it is done, the groom will pick them up and break them in half to signify their love for each other is forever. Image from Joanne and Jonny’s wedding. Photography by Papercranes. 3. Red Wedding Red is the colour of love, luck and boldness in Chinese culture. They believe the colour holds so much importance that on the day of the wedding, the Bride will have her face completely covered in a red veil and travel in a red bridal sedan, whilst the mother of the bride holds a red umbrella above the bride head to symbolise fertility all the way to the ceremony. 4. Locks Be Gone Not for the faint-hearted, this tradition is rare but extreme....