How much do you know about the wedding culture of another race?
Living in a society filled with people of different races, it is important that we know about their traditions and cultures.
So I will be sharing with all of you a little information of the Malay and Chinese traditional wedding in order to understand what is happening when you are invited to one.
Though our culture and beliefs may be different, but when it comes to wedding, some of the traditions are pretty similar. Both the Chinese and Malay wedding have one important event which is the invitation of relatives and friends to the wedding dinner or also know as the wedding feast for the Malay wedding.
Both the Malay and Chinese wedding follows very closely to a particular tradition. The Malay wedding follows very closely to their religion practices while the Chinese wedding follows very closely to their dialect groups’ tradition. For instance, it is compulsory for a Malay wedding to go through practices such as the reading of special conditions, known as ta’liq, by the husband to safeguard the rights of the wife and to be cared for by the husband. As well as the reading of supplication, known as du’a, by the judge who officiates in the marriage solemnisation ceremony, which will invoke blessings from Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala (S.W.T), the Glorified and Exalted is he, for the well-being of the couple and their family.
Also, both the Malay and Chinese wedding has a tradition where the groom gives out customary gifts to the bride’s family.
For the Chinese wedding, during the na cai period of the wedding, which is usually a few days before the wedding, an auspicious day is chosen from the Chinese Almanac where the groom sends an assortment of gifts to the house of the wife-to-be. The composition of gifts varies on the dialect groups but totals up to either 6, 8, 10 or 12.
Now, moving on the differences of a Malay and Chinese wedding.
A Chinese wedding has more procedures...