Thai Wedding Traditions
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Thai Wedding Traditions

Thai weddings are surrounded by traditions and customs that have been long practiced and are still common today. In Thailand brides and grooms usually choose to include some or all of these rituals as part of their big day to retain their special meaning and bring luck to their union.

Honoring The Ancestors

On the evening before the wedding Thai brides and grooms carry out a simple ceremony to show honor to their ancestors. This is part of the Buddhist tradition and is a mark of respect.

Making Merit

A large part of the Buddhist religion is to make merit, and this is especially important at life events such as marriage. Therefore, many Thai brides and grooms invite monks to be part of their ceremony as this is one way of making merit. Another tradition is to give freedom to an animal or bird and therefore releasing birds from cages or putting a fish or turtle back into water is often included as part of the day.

The Procession

Although the khan maak procession is traditionally part of the engagement celebration, it is often held on the same day as the wedding itself. This procession is part of taking the special items for the engagement to the bride's family on trays. The procession begins around the corner from the bride's home, or the place where she is staying, and musicians playing drums will accompany the groom and his family to the house.

Opening The Gates

The groom must show his worthiness of his bride by opening the traditional "gates". The first of these is usually a gold or silver ribbon held by two women from the bride's family. He must give them an envelope of money to open the gate. During this process, he will be teased by the bride's family.

Gifts

The groom's family give the bride's family gifts of banana and sugar plants as well as food for their deceased ancestors. The bride and her family will usually also be presented with gold necklaces

Sai Monkhon

An older member of the bride's family will link the bride and groom's heads together with a special white thread and pour sacred water over their hands under which bowls of flowers will have been placed to catch the water. The guests then also repeat this pouring of water over the bride and groom's hands.

Black

Black is never worn to a Thai wedding as it is considered to be bad luck.

String Bracelets

Friends and family members will tie pieces of white string around the wrists of the couple as a sign of good luck. These are then worn for three days before being removed.

Wedding Dresses

Although there is no one style adopted by Thai brides on their wedding day, they tend to wear their traditional costume in a bright color and made from silk. It is often encrusted with precious stones and gold jewelry. White, however, is becoming a more popular color for Thai weddings due to western influences.

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