Thorns and pink ribbons: The unique wedding ceremony of the Giay

06:00 | 17/04/2021 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - The Giay ethnic minority in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai attaches great importance to marriage as a traditional cultural feature of their lives.

thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay
thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay

The Giay ceremony welcoming the bride is elaborate and unique. The bridegroom’s family group going to the bride’s house must include four “Pí Le” trumpet artists, two old men, the groom, the best man, two girls, a groom to walk the horse for the bride, and others to carry the betrothal presents.

When the bridegroom’s delegation arrives at the bride's house gate, it is confronted by a pink ribbon and some thorn branches. There is also a table with a pair of cups, two bottles of wine, two pots of water and two straw sticks blocking the door. In order to enter the house, the groom's family has to sing in order for the obstacles at the gate to be removed. Once they are inside, pink powder is painted on their faces to express the hospitality of the bride’s family.

thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay
thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay

According to custom, once the entourage heads back to the groom’s home, the bride’s red veil is uncovered, after which the young couple stands at the altar and prays to their ancestors.

The wedding reception is then held with the husband’s parents, and songs are sung to wish the new family a lifelong and happy marriage. The couple then thanks their relatives and other guests and remind each other to live in harmony with their families and villagers.

thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay
thorns and pink ribbons the unique wedding ceremony of the giay

Pham Tiep