Chinese Wedding Customs & Rituals In Chinese legend,the fatherly God-in-the-moonlight ties a red string around the ankles of the man and woman who are supposed to be husband and wife someday.Thus,no matter how far apart they are,they will eventually get married... Proposal & Betrothal Two families pick an auspicious date as the Betrothal Day.This is a formal meeting between the parents of the perspective bride and groom.The groom's family presents various proposal gifts that represents fertility and prosperity in Chinese Culture,which is also known as "Grand Gift".Thus,the two are considered officially engaged. Pre-Wedding Ritual After the betrothal meeting,both families will make announcement to their relatives and friends by sending out "Double Happiness Cakes" along with invitations.The bride's family then prepares dowry and give a list of the dowries to the groom's family.The groom's family performs "setting bridal bed" ritual...The groom's family decorates the bridal house for the wedding,while the bride's family prepares household essories,mostly bedding and dining necessities,for the new home. Wedding Day Ceremony On the day of the wedding,two families performs "hair dressing" ritual and "capping" ritual for the bride and groom respectively.Then the groom sets out to the bride's home,and he will inevitably be blocked at her door by her friends,and the bridesmaids will play door game with the groom and his attendants.The bride and groom will then leave her home and proceed to meet the groom's parents for Tea Ceremony.The wedding date ceremony ends with a feast which features elaborate Chinese wedding food.
Dear Mary It has been a while since we last met,and every laughing minite filled up my memory.Recently we have the renovation of the new bought house done,and therefore would like to have the honour inviting you couple to visit us on June 28th 2006 and have dinner together.I suggest the time for dinner would be best at 7:00pm.I recalled that both of you are seafood lovers,so I will prepare lobsters and fishes as the main course,I also reserved bottles of best Italian white wine for us to enjoy at that moment.Of course if you are interested to spend a walk nearby then I am glad to ompany you. Mary my daughter is now eight years old and she have made a lot of friends of like age since we migrated to the estate here.I am sure she will want to tell a lot of her stories when she see you both.And right now she just want me to remind you that there are swimming pool and SPA facilities associated with the estate,therefore it would be good if you like,please bring along the swimming suits,it only take five minutes walk from my house to the facilities so it is very convenient. I am sure the above invitation would have interested you,and just to make sure things will happen as expected please kindly reply to this letter and upon then I will arrange things ordingly.Look forward to see you by then. My best wishes to you and your family Yours,Raymond