The history of Chinese Wedding dated back to 402 BC and is considered as a foundation of rites in traditional Chinese culture. While there has been some form of evolution to the custom, today, the Chinese continues to practice some of the rituals of the Traditional Chinese Wedding. Betrothal gifts presenting is one of them. Here are 10 traditional Chinese wedding items and what they actually mean.
Dowry is given from the groom to the bride as a gift of appreciation, in order to marry her.
Sugarcane is a blessing item to symbolize the wish for a sweet and harmony life ahead for both bride and groom.
Chicken is usually found with the dowry as a symbolic item to “lead” the bride to her new home.
Yam is used as a blessing item to symbolise the wish for both bride and groom to bring fortune and wealth to their next generation.
5) Pork Front Hock
A blessing item to symbolize the wish for the groom to have good luck in earning and winning money.
6) Four Kind of Gold
Four kind of gold which consist of gold earrings, necklace, band, & ring, is given to the bride to shows that the groom is capable to have a new family with the bride.
7) Man’s Long Pants
Long pants is given by the bride to the groom to wish the groom prosperity and longevity.
8) Dates & Lotus Seeds
Dates and lotus seeds are usually found as part of the betrothal gifts as a blessing items to symbolize the wish for both bride and groom to have children soon.
Banana acts as a blessing item to symbolize the wish for both bride and groom to have many children.
10) Chinese Biscuits
A gift to the relatives and friends to symbolise that a wedding is around the corner and that they are invited to the wedding.