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18 steps to marriage for the traditional Han Chinese [Copy link] 中文

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The Han ethnic group of China has many traditional and unique marriage customs. The following 18 sections contain details of their marriage customs.
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Engagement
The man and the woman exchange their family archives as proof of their engagement after a series of traditional routines, including making a proposal through the matchmaker and making sure their "eight-character horoscope" does not collide.

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Money and Presents
The man chooses an auspicious day from the 15 to 20 days before their wedding ceremony to go to the woman's home with money and presents.
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Bed Positioning
The new bed for the bride and groom is positioned properly several days before the wedding ceremony. And right before the wedding ceremony, sheets and quilts are put on the bed. Some fruits symbolizing happiness like red dates, longans and litchis are spread on it. After that, no one is allowed to enter the bridal chamber or touch the bed until the bride and groom enter the room on the night of their wedding day.

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Dowries
The woman's side delivers the dowry, a princely sum of money, which symbolizes the woman's position and fortune, to the man's home the day before the wedding ceremony.

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Ancestor Worship
Before escorting the bride to the wedding, the man holds a memorial ceremony for his ancestors, reporting the good news to them and to pray for blessings.
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Escorting the Bride
The bride's sister or her bridesmaid delivers her to her father, then to the bridegroom. In recently years, this step has been the climax of the wedding ceremony.

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