We wish them "all the happiness of the world"
BLUE JADE has the pleasure to announce
the marriage of one of its oldest collaborators and so presents you some
wedding traditions in the various countries of the
Tradition is tradition. At the risk
to suppose to be a coward of our Western minds, the custom wants that is a
friend of the groom who demands the hand of his sweetheart. Long negotiations on the amount of money to offer to the
bride's family begin, formerly in remuneration to education which had been given to
Guests: for that matter, they are all
another feature of Thai marriages: the huge number of guests. The actual number is often the mystery, but it often seems that all have passed the word to be of the party. It must be said that in
Tradition wants that the bridegroom and his family go in procession to the bride's house, bringing food and gifts, to the sound of ritual song called "Ram Vong Klong Yao".
The religious ceremony
Thai marriage is a religious ceremony. The couples ask the blessing of the monks at the local temple before marriage. Generally, they ask the monks their horoscope and auspicious day for marriage. 9 Buddhist monks participate in a religious ceremony. They are sitting on small cushions of straw and trays before them. The traditional Thai wedding begins with the reverence of the couple before a Buddha image. They recite together the songs of Buddhist prayer before lighting incense and candles in front the image. In certain provinces, parents of the future bridegrooms join them in marriage by placing on the head of each of them a cordon in a form of crown connected between them, to symbolize the link which unites them. This sacred thread connects the man’s head to the woman’s head and surrounds the hands of monks. The monks began the prayer in Pali, with the intention to transmit the alms and blessing to the couple using the cord. Later, the monk leader will connect it to the container of water to keep it holy. The monks also bless the congregation. The celebration starts early, around 6am and ended around
A marriage sewn with white thread …
The bride and groom kneel on a small pedestal, out of the House. While an old and wise man provides them advice and good words, guests tie their wrists of white thread and pour on their hands a shell filled with holy water. Then the bridegrooms pull each of their side until the thread breaks. Whoever has the longest part is considered as one who loves more than the other.
The bride, white or traditional dress
Today, after the marriage which takes place in traditional clothes, evening reception is held in Western dresses. Thai women get married in white and men in costume.
The "Bai Sri" tree
Custom of Indian origin, a tree in
leaves of bananas, made by friends and neighbors and called "BaI Sri"
is offered to the couple. Its form reminds the mythical ""
Marriage party is held the evening. Frequently, 7 dishes and a dessert are served. Thai weddings are usually lavish and nothing misses to guests. The couple moves from table to table and thanks the guests by a warm "Wai" (Thai greeting). Guests offer beer to the husband. This one just tastes it, not to be drunk.
The Thai Airways Airbus A380 took off
On March 6th, the first Airbus A380 for the Thai Airways International airline took off from
Direct flights from
Bangkok to Lampang with Bangkok Airways
From March 25th, Bangkok Airways has set up 12 weekly direct flights to connect Bangkok to Lampang, the third largest city in northern Thailand, famous for its exotic temples, its carriages and its classified sites. The stopover at Sukhothai will henceforth be avoided. The airline has also strengthened its existing routes
agreement between Silkair and
SilkAir and Bangkok Airways have signed an agreement of codeshare on selected flights between
Phitsanuloke / Chiang Mai with Nok Air
Nok Air has launched a new domestic route between Phitsanulok and Chiang Mai, with an additional flight in the morning. It increases the daily frequency between the two destinations. The flight leaves
Birth of a big baby named HA HA
Rockets festival to Yasothon
To ensure abundant rain for a good rice harvest and to invoke Phaya Thaen, the God of rain, the villagers are building giant rockets (up to
Siam Niramit opens in Phuket
After six years of show in
An important date
Astrology plays a vital role in the decision of marriage. The astrologer is always consulted on the compatibility of the day of birth and planets of the future couple and about the most favorable days to the union. Proverbs don’t fail to warn against incompatibilities "girl of Friday shouldn’t marry with a boy of Monday, she would make it, and everybody would regret it, because what is left of life would soon vanish."
On this day of matrimony, it's a custom for the bride's family: parents, brothers and sisters, are dressed in the finest clothes and bedeck with the best jewelleries they can afford.
With her hip-length jacket….long-length silk or satin “Htain-me-Thein”, the bride looks somewhat like a princess of the
Guests are greeted with music. The Master of Ceremony, the person who will consecrate the marriage is now announcing the beginning of the ceremony. Praises are read to the brides and their families as well as blessings for their future lives of bride. A singer will then begin to sing the classical auspicious song, praising the occasion and the participants.
A woman with flowers dips her hands into the silver she cradles and scatters flowers in front of the couple who enters the room to wish them good omen for their long life as husband and wife. This is the moment everyone is waiting ... The couple entered the ceremonial hall, in the presence of witnesses followed by their parents. Before joining the place of ceremony, they turn to the guests and with joined hands, they make their homage with the head down. In ancient times, an exchange of garland of flowers was the custom of
After the wedding ceremony, when the married couple arrives home, they present their respects to the parents of both sides, according to Buddhist traditions, and in turn are blessed by their parents. The "gei-bo" negotiation begins once the couple tries to enter in their bride chamber which is then blocked by rows of friends and family, holding gold chains to ask for "gei-bo", which is spending money. A large negotiation, sometimes very noisy, follows until both parties agree on an amount.
On May 5th 2012, the month
of Kason in
Beach Hotels close for rainy season
We would like to remind you that hotels in Ngapali and Ngwe Saung are closed during the monsoon months from May to September. During this period heavy rains occur along the coastline of
Airlines returns to
German charter airline, Condor Airlines, will resume flights to
A man and a woman must marry to live together as married. To request the hand of a girl to his future stepfather, the tradition and the traditional way differ from one region to another. But the base is the same for everyone. When a boy and a girl are in love and want to marry, it’s always the boy who must approach. He sends his parents to meet those of the girl. These are parents who ask for him. If the girl's parents agree, they can immediately discuss the sum of dowry that the boy must pay the wedding day. They may fix another day to discuss it. There are cases where girl's parents don’t want the boy, they can ask a very (too) large sum which means their refusal.
Festivities which last
The Laotians respect the Buddhist calendar that indicates that the best time to marry is in the period before Lent, before the rainy season. Weddings are always time of important holiday. The festivities last for several days and consist of a religious intimate ceremony and a kind of popular ball. In the past, the evening before, young boys and young girls competed during course of love. Assisted by his friends, the singer proclaimed his love for the girl sitting in front of him. In turn, the young girl supported by her friends answered him with maliciously teasing. Punctuated by the melodious sound of the Khène, this love game ends at dawn. This tradition still continues in some areas.
The ceremony is always held in the future bride’s home. Before the event, so the wedding day, is held a sort of small party the night at the bride’s home where we sing and dance. It’s called "Oune dong" (heating). The wedding day, the future young bridegroom dresses in traditional costume and leaves his home in front of the procession consisting of his parents, cousins and friends. We walk by singing all the way to the home of the bride.
After reciting few words in "pali", the Buddhism language, bride and groom take a cup where are deposited the small bouquets of flowers. The priest blessed them, and then the couple offers it to their parents to show their respect. The man takes then two white, fine and long lines. He holds one side of it, while the couple takes the other side. After having recited a text, he surrounds it around the wrist of each married. These cords are a symbol of their union and through them, all the evil that is in them left their bodies to let the place to the good.
The legend says that lovers are predestined according to the “nène” (love karma). In the sky, there is a wonderful garden where each individual has a tree whose branches embrace those of the soul mate. When the time is arrived, the predestined couple is sent on Earth, the wrists bound by a cotton thread but "wind of scissors that break and wind of the knife that cut" separates the future spouses who will born on their own side. Throughout his life, the individual will try to find his or her predestined partner. In fact, the choice of a spouse is often family choose. Sometimes a misalliance can bring the isolation of the lovers. Today, in major cities, young people have more and more freedom on their love life which is not yet the case in the countryside.
Lao Airlines, in
cooperation with Bangkok Airway, introduces the Discovery Airpass Programme
that has a minimum of three and maximum of six segments, domestic and/or
international. In a related development, Lao Airlines introduces a three times
weekly flight from Luang Prabang to Jinghong, which is the capital of
More information in our web site: www.laos-airlines.net
May 1st is of
course a day off in
Visakha Bouça, Buddha’s anniversary, is celebrated on the full moon of May, on May 5th 2012, with processions with lanterns in temples. It’s a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the birth of the Buddha, his awareness and his attainment of nirvana.
Marriage is very important in
The day of the wedding, the groom and his family bring in the family of the bride gifts wrapped in red paper put on trays carried by different people carefully selected (often married couples, again to bring luck). All women with these gifts are dressed of an "Ao Dai", the traditional long dress. Some men may also wear an Ao Dai, but in general they wear a costume-tie. These donations are still the same as those of the ceremony of betrothal: leaves of betel and areca, wines, fruits, cakes, tea.
The groom's family stops in front of the house of the bride and the couple must enter the house in first bearing a tray with cups filled with wine. The couple then invites parents to take a sip. By agreeing to drink, the bride's parents agree to admit the boy's family in their home. Simultaneously, the fireworks are fired to welcome them. The boy's family comes and asks permission to the other family to marry their daughter.
The wedding ceremony begins in front of the altar of ancestors. The couple kneels and prays, asking to their ancestors the permission and their blessing. Then the couple turns and bows to their parents to thank them for having raised them and protect them until today. The master of ceremonies then gives them many tips on "how to maintain a happy family". The bridegrooms’ parents then turn to them to share them their experiences, their lived and give them their blessing. The groom and the bride then exchange alliances. The parents exchange more valuable gifts such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces. The ceremony then ends with applause.
Today, many marriages take place in temples or Western churches. However, the Vietnamese still maintain traditional Vietnamese ceremony in the house of the bride (as explained above) before going to the temple. A wedding banquet is held in the evening in a restaurant or in a large room. It’s always a giant party with all the family, friends, neighbors, .with eventually a music group paid to embellish this beautiful evening. During the reception, the bridegrooms and their families stop to every tables to thank guests. Guests in return give them envelopes containing a greeting card and money (money is the wedding gift) for the new couple. In some weddings, receptions are followed by a dance opened by the new spouses.
Anniversary of Buddha
May 28th, lanterns
illuminate pagodas, houses and processions to celebrate Buddha's
birthday. Since its introduction in
Bach Dang holiday (Quang Ninh province)
It’s the biggest party in the country on May 3rd. Many leaders of the country are also attending this event. Representation of the exercises of the soldiers of the Tran dynasty, rites of sacrifice, procession of the Tran Hung Dao statue, traditional day of swimming, traditional wrestling or chess games with human pawns are on the program.
Also known as the ceremony of Via Ba, this festival in the colors of Vietnam South presents may 13th to 17th 2012 many traditional cultural activities. Procession and offerings are also part of the ceremonial.
Halong's tourist boats to be painted white
The authorities of
Quang Ninh province have officially confirmed that all tourist boats in
An official from the
local Department of Transportation said that this measure aimed to strengthen
state management over tourist transport activities in
Good news for bird
watcher and nature lovers.
Buon Ma Thuot airport's new terminal
The new terminal at
Buon Ma Thuot Airport, a major central highland province, was inaugurated in
December 2011. Built following the
Formerly, marriages lasted 3 days and 3 nights, it was the three jewels of Buddhism. But today, this tradition fades and the ceremony takes place in one day.
Upon arrival in the girl’s home, a married couple representing the boy asks to meet with the married couple representing the girl. Traditionally these two couples serve as a model. During this meeting, the future bride and groom do nothing for fear of triggering the bad fate. Some time after, the groom, accompanied by groomsmen, go in a room done the day before. All settled on a mat placed in the centre of the room. Men are joined by the bride and bridesmaids. When parents enter the room, the new couple bows and puts their hands on a cousin in salvation and respect. At the welcoming ceremony, gifts are put in front of the bride and groom. There are clothes, decorative objects, but also parts of gold and diamonds.
This ritual marks the divine presence at the ceremony. Indeed, a musician-boy and a musician-girl represent a couple of angels. Their mission is to cut a lock of hair to each of the engaged couple to purify them of impurities accumulated before the union. Then parents and family members will also gesture this action.
Engaged couples enter the next room. There is a well-garnished buffet, candles and incense. Everything is set up to honor ancestors. The bride and groom sit side by side on a mat and are joined by seven married couples. These couples serve as a barrier and prevent evil spirits to approach the new couple. When everyone is installed, a Buddhist representative recites a prayer and passed candles to each.
The religious ceremony
The stress of the ceremony being over, place to relax! A great meal is offered and served to guests in the annex built the day before. Fun, as lack of space in
On May 9th 2012, tribute
is paid to the memory of the many victims of the Red Khmer. The most poignant
ceremony is held at the Choeung Ek Memorial, near
Sieam Reap temples closing
Apsara Authority has announced that Vat Athvea and Bak Sey Cham Krong temples are now on ongoing refection works. Both temples are closed to the public until further notice.
On the banks of the River Tonle Sap
(a tributary of the
The 2012 Agenda:
A sample of festival to see through Southeast Asia
ploughing ceremony: May 9th in
Party rocket: Mid-May to Yasothon (northeast)
Visakha Puja: Full moon in May
Anniversary of her Majesty the Queen: August 12th
"King's cup 2012 "
Tournament of Polo on elephant : from September 5th to 11th, on a land
adjacent to Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa
Ok Phansa and Thot Kathin: October
Regattas: October to Thot Kathin, Nan, Phichit, Surat Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Pathumthani.
Loy Krathong : full moon in November
Elephant day to Surin : third weekend of November
Week of the River Kwai bridge : Late November - early December
Anniversary of his Majesty the King: December 5th
moon of February
Songkran (Thai New Year): April
TET FIESTA (Chinese or Vietnamese New Year): February
TET FIESTA (Chinese or Vietnamese New Year): February
Da Sy festival around
All dates listed are subject to change