research paper marriage tradition

1338 Words Nov 6th, 2014 6 Pages
(Susana) Wai Ha Fok

Marriage Traditions: Vast difference

There is a huge difference between Chinese and western culture in marriage traditions. Due to the different background of religions, histories, also the evolution of thought and custom, meanings behind the marriage and wedding routines are vary. China's traditional idea of marriage is believed in “accommodate to the harmonious” philosophy (I Ching: Book of Changes, Fu Xi). It is not only a deal between two people but also related to their families and social relationship. On the other hand, Americans believes that marriage is gift from God and means that couples are combined in one. However, no matter in what the culture, a wedding is always full of blessing and
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Next, the couples will pay respect by kneeling three times. Then they will go to the ceremony hall or stay in bridegroom's home to another etiquette, they will have to greet the parents-in-law to be with a cup of tea each and the parents will return the daughter-in-law to be with a red packet of money inside. On the other hand, America couples try to keep the tradition for the bride and groom to avoid seeing each other until they go before the minister. This tradition is less important in the present society than it once was. Most American weddings are held in churches, quiet and peaceful, while Chinese wedding are at home, noisy and lively. It is well known in America, people have a firm belief in God thus the couples will go to church to vow for their love and the religious leader will ask the couples to promise they won't abandon each other’s. Then they will exchange rings that symbolize never ending love and happiness. The only thing similar to both countries is the bridesmaids and best men and they are usually non-married. Another important procedure is the banquet. Couples will invite their relatives and friends to enjoy good meals and share their happiness. In Chinese banquet, the couple need to drink each other's half cup of wine with crossed hand which means they will love each other forever. In the meal, they will choose dishes with implied goodness meaning. For example fish dish is highly recommend and should not be

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