17. HK Fun Fact #17

17. Last night, I was discussing wedding traditions in Hong Kong versus the US with a couple of friends, so I wanted to share what I learned with everyone.

Weddings in Hong Kong usually consist of a tea ceremony in the morning and a banquet reception at night. The bride serves the groom and his family tea, which symbolized becoming part of the new family. Christians in Hong Kong will have a church ceremony in the evening before the banquet.

Rather than giving presents, people give the couple money called “red bomb.” The amount is a socially acceptable standard of about 100 USD .

The bride wears two dresses: a traditional Chinese dress in red and a white Western gown at different parts of the day.

The couple takes their wedding photos about two months before the actual day.

Finally, in the morning, when the groom comes to pick up the bride, the bridesmaid arrange games for the groom and the groomsmen to play before he can leave with the bride. The games are usually silly things like a treasure hunt and are designed to make it difficult for the groom to take the bride away to the tea ceremony. (My friends said that this is the best part of the wedding)

 

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