24 December 2014


Time flies, in 4 days' time my eldest girl will be somebody's wife and daughter-in-law.  It is hard to describe my feeling now - happy that she had found a comparable match whom I very much hope that he will be able to go through "thin and thick" with her.  At the same time feel sad as I have lost a child after nearly 30 years of together.

A week before the wedding day, the groom delivered the betrothal gifts to the bride's family on an auspicious date.  The betrothal (過大禮, also known as 納彩) is an important part of the Chinese wedding tradition.  The gifts are often in even number for the meaning of in couple and in pairs. Food items include wine, oranges and jewelry for the bride while jewelry includes gold earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

During this exchange, the groom's family presents the bride's family with betrothal gifts (聘礼) to symbolize prosperity and good luck. Moreover, the bride's family receives the bride's price (娉金) in red envelope.

The bride's family also returns (回禮) a set of gifts to the groom's side.  A pair of trousers were presented to the son-in-law by bride's mother to symphonic prosperity. Additionally, the bride's parents bestow a dowry (嫁妝) to the bride.

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