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If you’re a Chinese bride-to-be, these are some of the common traditional wedding taboos that you should know about. From avoiding weddings three months before your own and more!
If you're living in Singapore, you’ve probably heard about a Chinese wedding taboo or two — such as how the couple shouldn’t attend any funerals or weddings three months before and after their own wedding to avoid a clash in luck. They shouldn’t visit a woman who has just given birth either for the same reason. Here are 8 other things you should traditionally avoid doing if you're a soon-to-be Chinese newlywed: If a parent of the bride or groom passes away, the couple has to marry within 100 days of their death. If not, they have to wait 1,000 days before doing so. This custom is usually observed as a sign of respect to the deceased. Image: Young-Sun Teh/123rf It's best to avoid getting married in the first lunar month to avoid clashing of luck with the New Year. It's also good to avoid holding a wedding during the third lunar month - which is when Qingming Festival, or Tomb-sweeping Day, occurs - and the seventh lunar month, because negative energy is in full force during these periods. The sixth lunar month shouldn't be an option too; due to the belief that it's a half-year, which could result in a "half-marriage". Image: Eky Chan/123rf Related: PIN JIN OR DOWRY: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS CHINESE WEDDING TRADITION No one should sleep in the bridal bed after it has been blessed. If the groom has to sleep in it before the wedding - since it is his bed after all - he can only do so in the company of a young boy born in the year of the dragon. Leaving one side of the bed empty is considered bad luck. There may be a clash in luck if one bride runs into another on their wedding day. It's suggested that member of the two bridal parties exchange red packets to neutralise the effects. Image: kowing921/123rf Related: 6 SIGNIFICANT CHINESE WEDDING TRADITIONS COUPLES NEED TO KNOW There shouldn't be white, blue and green accents for the wedding decor as they are considered colours of mourning. Also, because pale yellow or white chrysanthemums are usually used during funerals, they shouldn't be included as part of the floral arrangement. Image: my123rf88/123rf Anyone with a star sign that clashes with the wedding date should give the joyous event a miss or they might end up passing on the bad luck. Image: meowmeowbaby/123rf Related: THE CHINESE WEDDING KUA: 3 THINGS TO KNOW To not have their luck clash with the bride's, the groom's family shouldn't get in her way and hide when she reaches their house. They can only emerge after the couple has made their way to the bridal room. Image: meowmeowbaby/123rf The steamed fish that is usually served at Chinese wedding dinner banquets shouldn't be turned over or have its bones broken as this may disrupt the luck of the newlyweds and cause them misfortune. Related: GET YOUR WEDDING MENU RIGHT: 5 MUST-KNOW TIPS FROM CHEF ERIC TEO This article was first published on Cleo Singapore.
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