Last week our Chinese wedding took place at Amsterdam’s Sea Palace. It was a small family ceremony on a hot summer day. At first we were hesitant of dividing the celebration of our marriage into two weddings, but it couldn’t have been a better choice. On a day like this, you want to be able to spend time with your family and really enjoy the moment. Which we did.
One of the quintessential parts of a Chinese wedding, is the tea ceremony, a tradition our family was particularly excited about. The tea ceremony is a way of honouring the elders and showing respect to the family. Tea is served to the groom’s family first and then the bride’s. You could see our parents glowing from joy and that alone made it an unforgettable moment.
After the tea ceremony, it was time for the Chinese wedding banquet. If you’re ever invited to a Chinese wedding, be prepared for a 10 (or more) course feast. Of course, as with all Chinese things, every dish at a Chinese banquet has a meaning. There’s suckling pig – for good virtue and purity. There’s scallops for fertility, eight treasures soup for prosperity, lobster for good luck, fish for abundance and blessings, rice for a plentiful supply of food through life and noodles for long life.
The celebrations ended at sunset, wrapping us in a bright golden light. Which I’m sure must mean for something as well.
This was wedding one – on to wedding two.