Traditions vary depending on where you are.
FollowFollowing Feb 2, Weddings are a joyful event where everybody comes to celebrate the marriage of two people and toast their happy prosperous future together. The parents of the newly wed couple proudly announce to the world their happiness that their children have found each other.
The wedding banquet is to give their blessing to the young couple and start them off on their long and fruitful journey through life together.
Everything has symbolism in a Chinese wedding. A traditional Chinese banquet has eight or nine dishes; excluding dessert, fruit and wedding cake at the end. Eight is a lucky number to Southern Chinese people.
The banquet starts with a platter of Chinese cold cuts consists of 5 items — jelly fish, bean curd, 5 spice beef shank, seaweed and pork slices. It is arranged to represent a dragon and phoenix [Ying and Yang] to symbolise the union of two mystical creatures.
The phoenix represents good luck, beauty and female energy. The dragon represents strength, creativity and male energy. Both of these contain expensive ingredients; this signifies the future prosperity of the marriage. Fish — This is a must for every wedding banquet as it symbolises abundance.
This is literally saying to the couple: To Chinese people the marriage is not complete unless it bears fruit, that is the couple have children, the more the merrier. The fish must also have a head and tail.
This signifies that all projects that the couple engage in have a start and a finish, that come to a successful completion. Abalone, sea cucumber and vegetable stir-fry is next.
These have a very smooth texture and are from the ocean. You eat prawns to generate more laughter and happiness amongst friends. A Whole Bird or Poultry like chicken, duck, quails or pigeons symbolises peace and unity between people. Doves of Peace Noodles are long and symbolises long life.
Rice is a stable food in China, a large dish of rice symbolises a plentiful supply of food throughout the couples life. The wedding banquet is finished with a sweet Red Bean and Lotus Seed soup. Red is the color of happiness. Beans and seeds are elements of fertility and growth.
The theme of this banquet is a rich and prosperous life for the newly weds. Nearly every culture and nearly every religion in the world says that children are a blessing. The more numerous your descendants the more blessed and prosperous you are.
Hope this gives you more insight into Chinese culture.At the end of the banquet, the groom’s relatives give each guest two small boxes, with candies or chocolates in it, called “happy candy.” After dinner, some guests will go to the wedding couple’s “new room,” which is usually in the same hotel.
Systemization of apparently pre-existing elements of traditional Chinese wedding ceremony is generally credited to scholars of the Warring States period, B.C. Three venerable texts, The Book of Rites, The Book of Etiquette and Ceremonial, and the Baihu Tong outline the Three Covenants and the Six Rites, that were considered necessary elements of a marriage.
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Eight is a lucky number to Southern Chinese people. Eight is a lucky number to. In modern day, a wedding banquet is usually held at a restaurant or hotel in the evening, on the same day as the tea ceremony, to witness the union of the couples.
Family members of the bride and groom would be assigned to the first few tables, while the rest of the tables would be filled up by friends.