Rich metaphor permeates the customs that go into Asiatic bridal ceremony rituals. The ceremonies are a nod to Asian culture’s deeply ingrained beliefs that the union of couples should be honored by their families and by the universe. These ceremonies range from the wedding hairdressing and capping ceremonies for the bride to the otoshigami, where the groom blocks himself with his family and friends. The tea ceremony also features the couple serving their parents, grandparents, and other elders and receiving red envelopes ( or hong bao ) filled with money or jewelry.

It is customary to honor one’s ancestors and goddesses on the day of their wedding in Chinese marriages. This entails changing into fresh clothes and taking a pomelo leaf shower to lift ghosts. The groom’s family will then typically prepare 12 gifts for their daughter-to-be, including marriage cookies, traditional Chinese pie, a bamboo dish set, candles and firecrackers, silver jewelry, and cash.

Normally, a parade travels from the groom’s home to the bride in the Japanese wedding service. Visitors may carry lanterns and banners, ring gongs to ward off evil spirits, and illumination a bonfire made from the spiritual sakaki tree’s branches. A little song that teaches newlyweds spiritual values for married life is then read by a miko, or feminine associate of the pastor.

The pair bows to the couple’s grandparents and the monument goddesses after giving two handclaps. A few days later, the bride bows down in front of her husband’s grandparents and relatives and offers them tea with two red dates or two flower seeds as a sign of respect.