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Singaporean Muslim and Chinese wedding traditions

Singaporean <a href='?p=Chinese_Wedding_Traditions_and_Toast'><a href='?p=Chinese_Wedding_Traditions_and_Toast'>Chinese wedding traditions</a></a>The traditional wedding in Singapore offers a glimpse of the multi-cultural society.

The modern customs and rules might have left their mark in every part of the social life but people still believe in maintaining the traditional laws while conducting wedding ceremonies.

As the population of Singapore is mostly Buddhists, the traditional way of getting married is in a Buddhist way. The religious priests summon the wedding and blesses the newly wed couple. Buddhism is a very considerate religion. In a Buddhist Wedding, you can dress up in any simple and beautiful dress. But it is very rare to see any Buddhist Wedding in Singapore. Christian weddings are much more popular.

The auspicious date must be chosen before the couple can go further. In order to pick one you can use a Singaporean calendar or Singaporean Chinese Almanac or you can go to a temple official, a psychic or a monk.

Singaporean weddings are based on very ancient traditions and it is important to know some of these because some things will be expected of you as you move towards your wedding day.

The traditional Christian weddings in Singapore are generally conducted in the churches.The bride and bridegroom exchange their rings and utter with the priest the holy hymns of the Bible. The wedding is followed by a sumptuous ceremony that offers the guests a wonderful time to rejuvenate with family and friends. The entire affair is extremely traditional and offers an insight into the Christian customs and traditions.

Those who belong to the Muslim category, get married in a traditional Muslim wedding. All the Islamic traditions are followed in the marriage of Malay Muslims. The marriage involves the strict Muslim laws.

The traditional Indian and Sri Lankan weddings are colorful and religiously follow the age-old traditions and customs. For the Hindu marriages a "mandap" is made and embellished with flowers, sequins, silk embroidered materials and other decorative items.

The bride has a pair of special shoes that are worn and they are not to be taken off until the wedding ceremony has ended, even if your feet are hurting. It is bad luck to take them off before the ceremony is over because it is like a broken promise.

There is a special circumstance too that happens if the older brother of the groom is not yet married - the bride must enter the groom’s house under his pants as a show of respect. Although this sounds strange it is not as bad as you think.

Traditionally the oldest male of the family must wed before younger males. However, this doesn’t always happen. The tradition states that the younger son has over taken the older son if he weds first. Because of this, the bride and groom must show respect to the elder son by entering the house under his pants. They drape a pair of pants above the door.

This is to show that they are humbled by the situation and that they will not show ill feeling to the elder brother because he is unmarried. There is a tea ceremony during this time and the elder brother gets served by the bride and groom to show respect to the fact that he is older.

The Singaporean tea ceremony is also important to the wedding because this is where the bride is finally introduced to the groom’s family. They do this through the tea ceremony on the day of the wedding when most of the family is around.

Singapore Wedding shows how couples get hooked with their partner. Your dream wedding in Singapore will reflect the culture and traditions of Singapore. So, when you visit Singapore with your sweetheart, why not get married there and enjoy the experience.

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