A total of 18 couples in Xi’an tied the knot during a mass wedding put on by the China State Construction Ready Mixed Concrete Tianjin Co. for the Qixi Festival, which took place yesterday.
The couples followed traditional customs, including meals of meat, exchanging cups and cutting each other’s hair, Tencent News reports.
This is the fifth collective wedding the construction company has held for its staff. The director of the event said that the ceremony, from the rituals down to the wedding hall embellishments, were Han-Dynasty style. The compnay previously put together a Tong Dynasty-style wedding and a low-carbon Western wedding.
During another customary ritual, couples were seen bowing to each other, bowing to heaven and earth and holding each other’s hands. The ceremony was solemn, but delighted those in attendance.
The “exchanging of cups” is an important tradition originated from the Zhou Dynasty.
Some of attendees were volunteers who donated books to “Sunshine School”, a charity supporting child education.
The couples were photographed cutting hair from their partners and tying it up, signifying that the two will never be separated. They tied their hair and placed it into a palette.
The men and women ate separately before the marriages were performed. After the wedding, they all dined together.
“It’s novel. Not only do we all share unforgettable memories, but we now have deeper understanding of the Han culture,” said a couple form Tianjin.
[Images via Tencent News]
By Christy Lau