Philippine customs for marriage

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From pre-colonial indigenous rites to Catholic, Chinese, and Muslim cultures, Philippine wedding traditions is a lovely fusion of local and foreign influences. However, despite having a variety of causes, love and commitment are the central themes in all Filipino wedding rites.

A conventional Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to publicly request for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals that took place long before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan would love the lovers on the first day by holding their joined fingers over a dish of rice. After that, the partners went back to their orchard and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next morning.

Most families in the Philippines also practice pamanhikan traditions nowadays, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom properly been led on distinct processions while frequently carrying foods or flower presents. The few did next kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the corn plate.

The newlyweds will normally receive a kalamay bath from their friends during the reception( a tray of slippery rice cakes ). The rice is a representation of their vow to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a means of expressing gratitude to their loved ones and friends for their assistance with the marriage festivities.

The newlyweds will then typically dance during the “money dance,” also known as” the dollar dance.” The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to boogie with them while having charges pinned or taped to their attire. The sum of wealth raised represents their blessings and best wishes for the brides.

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