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Monday, August 3, 2009

My Ke Tseng

Every Chinese bride brings along her ke tseng to her husband's home on the day of her marriage. It has evolved through the years, but usually this consists of practical items plus some symbolic items which are thought to be wishes for a son soon after the marriage. Although my then-fiance (now husband) is not Chinese, my mother still practiced this, although she just gave the basic stuff -- beddings, small sin-na (special baskets) of candies, a pair of lanterns (to wish for a son), icons of wealth, health and long life, some new clothes for me, a pair of vases with artificial flowers and a set of Samsonite luggage.

This is usually an opportunity for the parents of the bride to display their wealth and love for their daughter.

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