Security footage has captured a cringe-worthy scene of “marriage teasing” on a Shandong province street, where the groom’s friends took his clothes off and strapped him onto a traffic pole.
As if that wasn’t humiliating enough, they then threw eggs and cake at him. After around five minutes, crowds of people who’d gathered to watch slowly dispersed and the groom was untied. He was in such a hurry to leave that he left his pants behind.
Pants, egg shells and leftover cake were all that remained at the scene, the latter two smeared across the ground for the poor street cleaners to deal with. The wedding crew also caused some traffic congestion, not from attracting passersby who gawked at the naked groom, but from parking their cars on the side of the road. All their license plates were also covered by red paper.
“Parking on the side of the road and covering their license plates are both illegal and they can actually be prosecuted,” said Yang Li, a local police officer.
“Marriage teasing” is a traditional custom in some parts of China, where newlyweds take part in strange and sometimes ridiculous activities designed by their friends and relatives. In ancient times, teasing games were used to ease marriage anxieties, but today, the games themselves probably cause most of the anxiety.
Watch the security footage below:
By Sharon Choi