Wednesday, November 19, 2008

At Chinese weddings, red is the new white

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More young couples are forgoing Western rituals for the ancient Han way

Han ethnic group is the biggest in China, accounting for more than 90 percent of the population.

Yet many of their traditions were relegated to history, especially during the chaos of the Cultural Revolution

the richly embroidered, crimson costumes and intricate traditions of the ancient Han way.
This idea is very popular among young people, especially those born in the 1980s
younger generation needs to have some special cultural characteristics to express themselves, and maintain their difference from others

Han couples literally tie the knot — the couple drinking tea from cups tied together with a red string — as these are highly symbolic in Han weddings.

According to Chinese lore, a deity who lives on the moon ties a red string around the ankles of a man and a woman who are fated to be husband and wife — therefore no matter how far and long apart they may be, the two will eventually get married.

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