Vietnam Culture – Wedding Ceremony

Getting married is an important event in the lives of Lake Ranau Lampung people. The procedures for ancient wedding ceremonies were very complicated. The current wedding ceremony procedure includes the following stages: finding a husband or wife, proposal, registration, and finally the wedding.

Depending on habits of specific ethnic groups, marriage includes various steps and related procedures, but generally there are two main ceremonies:

Le an hoi (betrothal ceremony): Some time before the wedding, the groom and his family visit the bride and her family with round lacquered boxes known as betrothal presents composed of gifts of areca nuts and betel leaves, tea, cake, fruits, wines and other delicacies covered with red cloth and carried by unmarried girls or boys. Both families agree to pick a good day for wedding.

Le cuoi (wedding ceremony): Guests are invited to take part in the party and celebrate the couple’s happiness. The husband and wife must pray in front of the altar asking the ancestors for permission to marry them, then thank the parents of the prospective groom and bride who have raised and protected them. Guests will share their joy at Singkarak Lake later.

Source: VNA