Thai Traditional Wedding - Part II



Sixth step: Door ceremony or gate ceremony. 

To make sure that the groom is worthy and financially able to take care of his bride, he must be able to open the symbolic doors or gates. The number of doors or gates can vary from region to region, but typically there is a gold and silver gate represented by a gold or silver belt or ribbon which is held by two female members of the bride’s family. The silver gate is known in Thai as ‘pratoongoen’ (ประตูเงิน) and the gold gate as ‘pratoo tong’ (๖ ประตูทอง). To open the gate the groom must be able to provide a ‘key’. This key comes  in the form of an envelope with money inside. The groom may be given a hard time as the gate guardians joke and tell him the money isn’t enough to gain access. As he reaches each gate the amount asked for will be more and there is lots of cheering as each gate is successfully opened. Depending on circumstances it can either be the groom or his father that hands over the money envelopes to the gate guardians. Once the gates have been successfully negotiated, the groom’s family will present gifts to the bride’s family which traditionally include banana and sugar plants. In years gone by, the plants would be nurtured at the bride’s house and when the couple had their first child the plants would be there to provide nutrition for the baby.

 




Seventh step: Paying a dowry to compensate.

Once the gates have been successfully negotiated, the groom can take the bride from her room to continue the next part of Thai wedding ceremony which is the dowry ceremony.

Thai marriage at large and definitely the ceremony of traditional Thai wedding interlinked with an ancient tradition called sinsod (สินสอด). A custom of paying a dowry (dowery) to compensate a family of bride “for mother’s milk”.  A concept of sinsod was initially brought in to ensure that one’s daughter does not marry below her potential standing in life. To stipulate that her social, financial and professional status and reputation is preserved and secured.Traditionally, a downry (สินสอด) will be formally presented by the groom’s parents to the bride’s parents on the KanMaak tray. This dowry will consist of money, gold  jewelry. The dowry is then counted out onto a red cloth by the bride’s parents. The amount of the dowry is usually predetermined which is intended to represent prospective wealth for the couple.There is no set amount, the sum of sinsod is typically determined on the one hand by suitor’s perceived wealth, and on the other hand by the “value” of the future wife. Her beauty, personality, background, education and other qualifications.

Traditionally, sinsod is reciprocated by the parents-in-law. More often than not, a part of the money is used to pay for the wedding ceremonies, parties and other related expenses. Dowries or sinsod payments range from THB 50,000 to 250,000 and up.




Eighth step: Sai Monkhon and the thread ceremony & water pouring.

The next part of the wedding ceremony is usually conducted by a senior elder  who may be a member of the bride’s family or a respected member of the community. During the wedding ceremony, the couple wear traditional Thai clothing and kneel in front of the senior elder, with the groom on the right. The couple ‘wai’ as specially prepared white thread, ‘saimonkhon’, is looped and used to link together the bride’s and the groom’s heads. It is symbolic that the thread forms two circles which whilst linked, also remain independent. This indicates that the couple’s destinies are linked, but individual identity is retained. The circle is also symbolic because of its continuity and the fact that merit can be carried around in the circle.The senior elder then pours sacred water over the hands of the couple. Bowls of flowers are placed underneath the hands to catch the water. The guests then bless the couple by also pouring water over the hands of the couple in The rod nam sang (รดน้ำสังข์ceremony.







Ninth step:
 Preparing the Bridal Bed.

After the water pouring ceremony is completed. The couple will be sent to their bedroom. This is just a part of the wedding ceremony, they are not going to bed to sleep for real yet. The bed will be prepared by  a married couple who have been happily married for a long time. Their knowledge and good luck is then imparted to the newly-weds in a number of different ways. They may say how lucky the bed feels hinting that the newly married couple will have children. Nine meaningful items will be placed on the bed  as symbols of prosperity and fertility.

1. One big brass tray.

2. A mortar as a symbol of steadily love.

3. A cane as a symbol of long life.

4. A green squash as a symbol of happy and peaceful married life.

5. A silver bag and gold bag cantains beans, seasmi seeds and baking powder as a symbol of prosperity.

6. A bowl of rain water as a symbol of harmony.

7. A white cat doll (traditionally the real old cat  was used) as a symbol of liking to stay at home.

8. A white chicken as a symbol early rise.  

Tradition states that the newly-weds share their bed with these objects for the next 3 nights.




Tenth step: 
Evening Party.

The wedding reception or party often starts around 6.pm. with the bride and bridegroom greeting guests as they arrive. There may be a book to sign wishing the couple good luck and the guests will present a gift (normally money in an envelope) to the newly-weds and may have their photo taken with the couple. Around 7.pm, the invited guests will sit down to eat  in approximately 45 minutes or an hour later, the Master of Ceremonies (MC) will stand. The MC can be a good friend of either the bride or the groom or he could be somebody hired especially for the event. The MC calls the newly-weds to the floor and the parents of the groom will present the couple with a wedding flower. The couple will then mingle with guests for photos. The party will have much drinking and dancing.



WOW… Have you ever join in Thai Wedding Ceremony before? I’m sure if you join in Thai Ceremony wedding first time you’ll love and enjoy so much.

          Thank you for your pay attention

 

Reference:

http://www.watdee.com/traditional-thai-wedding.html

http://learnthaiwithmod.com/2013/09/thai-tradition-wedding-ceremony

 

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