Thai Weddings : Morning Ceremony
Khan Maak Procession & Doors Ceremony/Gate Ceremony
The wedding starts early in the morning with the procession ceremony called 'Khan Maak Procession'.During this ceremony, the groom leads the guests and brings gifts and food to the bride's house.The procession is a lot of fun and is accompanied by musicians playing traditional long drums as the entourage dances its way to the bride’s house. When the groom’s family reach the bride’s home the way may be blocked by symbolic doors or gates.The groom can only pass through by giving them envelopes containing money or other gifts. He must pay more to enter through the doors.
Thai Weddings : Buddhist Ceremony
Following that, the 'Buddhist Wedding Ceremony' takes place.A number of monks - anywhere from 3 to 9 attend, with a senior monk leading the recitation of Pail chants that bless the union. This must take place in the morning, allowing the monks who cannot eat after midday, to partake of an offered meal, following. All are seated on the floor or a platform, and the setting is adorned with a Buddha image, an altar, fragrant flowers, candles and incense. The chants are followed by application of powdered incense to the foreheads of the bride and groom, a symbolic presentation of coiled string, and finally the pouring of water over the couple's hands, first by the village elder and then one by one, by all of the guests.
After completing all the wedding customs in the morning, the wedding party is held in the evening of the same day. The wedding reception or party often starts around 6.pm. with the bride and bridegroom greeting guests as they arrive.For couples living in urban areas, the party normally takes place at big hotels and restaurants and is often an expensive affair. However, for couples from rural areas, the party is held at their own house.
Thai Wedding : Evening Ceremony
In ancient times a wedding chamber ceremony followed the party, when a married elderly couple would prepare the wedding bed and place on it a plate with offerings of food symbolizing fertility, while other token symbols of good luck and prosperity were placed in the room. Meanwhile a silver and a golden barrier were created outside the room by the guests, through which the couple passed before proceeding to the wedding chamber, where they were advised by their elders of their future responsibilities, and had their union blessed. The guests then retire leaving the couple alone.
Before the wedding ceremony, the groom needs to visit the bride's home to talk about the money and gifts to be given to her family. Many male foreigners think this is not fair; they find it strange that money and precious gifts should be given to the bride's family. what might be called a dowry is paid by the groom to the bride’s family.However, this is a Thai tradition. It is the groom's way of thanking the family of his future wife for letting him marry her; it is his way of assuring them that he will take good care of her.If your girlfriend is a Thai girl, this is an issue you may have to come to terms with.
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