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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ting hun

I didn't go through a traditional Chinese engagement ceremony (ting hun) and neither did my brother. In fact, I believe that among my first degree cousins who are now married, none of us went through the traditional ceremony. This is no doubt huge savings on the part of our parents, since the stuff that have to be prepared are quite many and valuable. There are sets of jewelry prepared by both the groom-to-be's and bride-to-be's families. Watches, mostly luxury brands like Omega or Patek are given by the prospective parents-in-law to their child's spouse. Not only given, but there's a ceremony that the elder actually puts the watch on. The girl's father puts a gold watch on his future son-in-law's wrist and the boy's parents does the same to the girl.

It's the time when the couple is introduced as a soon to be married couple. It's a quaint custom and while I do not regret not going through it, I do enjoy seeing others going through the customs that make all these seem much more interesting.

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