Andréa Sumé

Bride Traditions in Thailand

Any Thai couple’s bridal is a major event in their lives. Typically, the partners kneel in front of their parents thai single woman or elders to show appreciation and ask for forgiveness before an older person, known as a’ sai sin’, is invited to thank the pair. The newlyweds are also dipped in sacred water and tied to pieces of bright string,” sai sin,” around their wrists. Several relatives, friends and nicely- wishers did connect the string bracelets for them as well, adding to the joyful environment of the occasion.

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to show their appreciation for their help and respect for their elders. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.

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