Ra and Nin’s Traditional Cambodian Wedding
One of my favorite things at a wedding are multicultural ceremonies. I may love them more than roasted potatoes at a wedding (is that even possible?). Ra and Nin had a traditional Cambodian wedding with four main ceremonies, and each one was fascinating to see.
The groom and his entourage came bearing gifts to the bride’s home. Upon arrival at the home, gifts were presented and rings were exchanged. Ancestors were honored with the lighting of incense and offering of food.
Hair Cutting Ceremony
After wishing for blessings from the ancestors, they had the cleansing ceremony. The guests pretended to cut the bride and groom’s hair and spray perfume on them, all while blessing them and making jokes. The symbolism of this ceremony is to cleanse the couple of their past and help them prepare for their new life together.
Between ceremonies, Ra and Nin would do an outfit change, there were a lot of outfits for this day!
Passing of Blessings
Here, the bride and groom were seated in the center of a circle, as married couples passed three lit candles around them, seven times around. Here, the married couples are passing along their blessings and luck to the new couple.
In this ceremony, the bride and groom kneel side by side with a sword in between their hands. Guests tie red strings around the bride and groom’s wrists, while also bestowing well wishes. Meanwhile, the other guests toss white seeds at the couple.
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