Philippine customs for weddings

From pre-colonial indigenous festivals to Catholic, Chinese, and Islamic traditions, Philippine wedding tradition 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 standard Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to officially ask for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals much before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan had love the spouses on the first day while holding their joined fingers over a plate of rice. After that, the pair went back to their arbor and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next morning.

The majority of households in the Philippines however adhere to pamanhikan customs immediately, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom perhaps be led on independent festivities while frequently toting meal or flower items. The pair did then kiss and hug each other as the babaylan may pray over the corn disk.

The newlyweds will usually get a kalamay wash( a plate of sticky rice cakes) from their friends during the reception. The grain serves as a reminder 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 party with them while having expenses pinned or taped to their clothing. The sum of income raised represents their blessings and well wishes for the newlyweds.

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