In old China, once a woman married, she often left behind her family and friends. Hence this tradition of of an extended sleepover with her closest female friends. Called "retreating to the cockloft," this took place in a separate part of the house such as the cock loft, another name for a small attic. The bride’s besties showed how much they cared by singing songs mourning her departure and cursing the matchmaker, the groom’s parents, and even the bride’s.
To determine an auspicious date for the wedding, fortune tellers analyzed the dates, days, and times the bride and groom were born. But if you don’t want to go all that trouble, at least avoid the last 15 days of the seventh lunar month, otherwise known as the Hungry Ghost Festival. The last thing you want are famished phantoms at your banquet. Our chaperone’s service, with some friendly advice, ensures protocol is followed. No worries! Leave it all for us! https://www.chinese-wedding.com/pages/hire
Every culture has unique wedding traditions. An African American bride and groom might “jump the broom" to symbolize their union. German newlyweds might saw a log in half to represent their first challenge as a couple. An Indian bride's sisters might steal the groom's shoes for ransom. Chinese weddings have their own traditions, from complex ancient rituals no longer practiced to contemporary customs you might want to incorporate into your own Chinese-inspired wedding. We will discuss it step by step later on.
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