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Taiqian County in Central China's Henan province has reportedly issued a guideline that imposes restrictions on the amount of money people can spend on weddings and funerals. For example, it says a man cannot pay his would-be wife's family more than 60,000 yuan ($8,645) as betrothal gift. Betrothal gifts are part of a deeply rooted tradition in China. Many unmarried men toil in cities to earn enough money to pay for an "extravagant" wedding, just to prevent other villagers from "looking down on" them. And some parents spend years of savings and even rack up huge amounts of debt just to get help their sons get married.
Forbidding people to hold a grand wedding could cost men a bride, because men greatly outnumber women in China, and women often demand cars, houses or other assets from their husbands-to-be. Controversies surrounding extravagance aside, should authority interfere in wedding expenses?(news from China Daily)

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This post was edited by Jaaja at 2017-1-9 20:01

Chinese government acknowledges the problems associated with aging population, including increasing financial burden that this puts on the state (when in old times it was mostly on the families).

When citizens spend their savings on "useless" things like wedding parties that they can't really afford, it rings alarm bells for those in power.

Secondly such cycle of people competing on who spends more on weddings, or generally leads more extravagant lifestyle, does not go well with communist ideals. Setting limits on wedding expenses could be justified with so many reasons, that perhaps it is an easy choice (when you want to limit something) without having to state communist ideals as the real reason. Kind of saving the face.

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Not a good idea to interfere in others culture

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The government is never shy to come up with more restrictions to 'help' the people.

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Shouldn't have to give anything when you get married except a good performance in bed
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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seneca Post time: 2017-1-10 12:01
The government has found out that private citizens are spending more generously on weddings than o ...

Yes, but the gov't officials were often spending gov't money. Private citizens should be able to spend their own money as they wish. Just another step in gov't interference.

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