n June 1st, a group of friends in the Henan capital of Zhengzhou helped their buddy ring in his wedding day by taping him to a lamp post and soaking him in various seasonings and beverages.
Video from the scene shows the lucky guy secured firmly to the pole, wearing sunglasses, a funny hat, but no pants. Already drenched in mustard, vinegar, and soy sauce, he is then doused with cola by his laughing groomsmen.
While the groom and his friends apparently found this all to be rather enjoyable, a sanitation worker tasked with keeping the street clean was less enthused, yelling at the guys for causing such a mess. One of the men responded that she was welcome to eat the leftovers.
Humiliating the groom by doing things like taping him to a lamp post is a surprisingly popular tradition in China. Last year, a best man tied a groom to a pole in Guangzhou before strapping a whole bunch of firecrackers to his butt and setting them alight. The stunt ended up landing the groom at the hospital with a bloody backside on his wedding day.
These kinds of “wedding pranks” (婚闹) have been generating increased attention and anger this year. Back in April, video went viral of a groom who was whipped by his family and friends before then having salt poured in his open wounds.
That incident took place in the Hunan city of Shaoyang, which has a local custom of “beating the groom” (殴打新郎), an act meant to remind the man that marriage is not easy and that he should treasure it.