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 & Buddhist ideologies.

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Are you about to attend a Vietnamese wedding? Or bởi vì 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 to the bride’s home. This is lớn inform her family of the intentions khổng lồ marry the girl.The Van danh – In this ceremony, the future groom would send a matchmaker to lớn the bride’s house lớn ask the girl’s name và birthday.The Nap cat – This ceremony informed the girl’s family that the groom went khổng lồ 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 and his family bring presents to the bride’s family.Thinh ky – The ceremony was to lớn decide on the wedding date.Than nghinh – In this ceremony, the groom’s family brings presents khổng lồ the girl’s family and escorts the bride to the groom’s house.
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These ceremonies were strictly observed và 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 khổng lồ a formal meeting to ask for the bride’s hand in marriage. The groom’s family brings gifts like betel, fruits, areca nuts & sweet treats to lớn the bride’s family.

The gifts are in even not odd numbers to lớn avoid bringing bad luck to 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 & friends about the marriage between their children. The girl is presented as a fiancée to 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 & close friends of both the bride và groom all come lớn the ceremony. The bride’s parents decides the number of feasts the wedding will have & the gifts given.

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The gifts may include tea, wine, betel leaves, fruits, wedding pies, candles, a full roasted pig & 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 dẻo or a suit. Family & friends who carry red gift boxes also wears ao dai for the ladies & pants và 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 set 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 mix of activities. They include, asking for permission lớn receive the bride, receiving the bride at her house and escorting her to the groom’s house.

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

It is a formal way lớn receive them as well as the gifts and invite them into the family house. The bridesmaids bring the gifts inside and 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 and opens them. The bride’s mother will wall the bride out khổng lồ the wedding ceremony room and hand her over to lớn the groom.

The tea ceremony & candle ceremony celebrate the coming together of the couple. The groom pours tea into a small cup and offers it to lớn the matchmaker và the bride’s representative. The bride’s mother chooses gifts và 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 to 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 & all types of jewelry.

The bride’s family divides the wedding gifts into two parts and send come back khổng lồ 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 to lớn 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 khổng lồ her parents & family & follow the groom to lớn 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 and groom’s family & 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 to 10 course meals. They include, cold platters, hot dishes like seasoned lobster, seafood hot pot and other Vietnamese dishes. Desserts or fruit platters are last.

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