The traditional wedding ceremony of the Pa Co people

06:00 | 08/08/2021 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - According to the tradition of Vietnam’s small Pa Co ethnic minority, which lives mainly in the highlands of the central coastal province of Thua Thien Hue, a couple planning to get married talk first with their parents about their wedding in order to show them respect.

the traditional wedding ceremony of the pa co people
the traditional wedding ceremony of the pa co people

After agreements are reached between the couple and their parents, the two families hold an engagement ceremony and then choose an auspicious date for the wedding ceremony.

On the wedding day, parents and relatives of the bride get up early and implement a rite of informing their ancestors of the wedding and begging them to bless the couple with health, happiness and good luck. The bride’s family members bring with them a piece of Pa Co traditional brocade, a boiled chicken, and a pack of steamed sticky rice when they deliver her to the groom’s house.

the traditional wedding ceremony of the pa co people
the traditional wedding ceremony of the pa co people

The bride wears a brocade scarf to protect her from bad luck on the way to her husband. The groom’s mother waits for her daughter-in-law at the front door of her or the groom’s house to welcome her. She then takes the brocade scarf off the bride, puts on her neck a necklace and leads her into the house.

Inside, the two families have a party and congratulate each other with songs. The bride’s family gives a speech hoping the groom’s side will help her lead a good life, while the groom’s family thanks the bride’s family for bringing their son a good wife and promises to treat her well.

the traditional wedding ceremony of the pa co people

Pham Tiep