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Wedding Ceremony In Modern Europe And China

This presentation introduces the wedding ceremony in modern Europe and China. Quasi a comparison between Christian wedding ceremony and chinese traditional wedding customes in modern times.

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Wedding Ceremony In Modern Europe And China

  1. 1. Wedding Ceremony in Modern Europe and China Presented by 06051162 Yu Xiaoxiao 09501215 Amelie Witt POLS 3620 Contemporary Europe & Asia Professor Michael E. DeGolyer
  2. 2. Presentation Flow <ul><li>Definitions of wedding and marriage </li></ul><ul><li>2. Wedding Profile </li></ul><ul><li>- European Christian wedding </li></ul><ul><li>Chinese wedding </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison of both wedding ceremonies </li></ul>06051162 YU Xiaoxiao 09501215 Amelie Witt
  3. 3. Definitions of marriage and wedding <ul><li>Marriage </li></ul><ul><li>“ The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife […], usually entailing legal obligations of each person to the other” </li></ul><ul><li>Wedding </li></ul><ul><li>The act of marrying </li></ul><ul><li>The ceremony or celebration of marriage </li></ul>Wedding Marriage 06051162 YU Xiaoxiao 09501215 Amelie Witt
  4. 4. <ul><li>European Christian Wedding </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Christian wedding dominant </li></ul><ul><li>Similar customs with localized variation </li></ul><ul><li>Two formal wedding ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>A civil ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>A church ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Informal wedding celebration </li></ul><ul><li>09501215 Amelie Witt </li></ul>
  5. 5. European Christian Wedding <ul><li>Formal Civil Ceremony </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Registrar office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short ceremony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dress code: dress/ suit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Witnesses of the bride and the groom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebration lunch or dinner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Germany : Polterabend or `noisy evening` tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Smashing china as sign of luck </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal celebrating with relatives and neighbors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>09501215 Amelie Witt </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Formal Church Ceremony </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Waiting in front or in the Church for the arrival of the bridal couple </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groom waiting in front of the altar, bride brought by her father </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sitting down in front of the altar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mess is either just a liturgy or a Eucharist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marriage vows integrated in the mess </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During the vows bride`s and groom`s best men witnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wedding vows: `yes, I do` </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exchange of the rings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informal Wedding Celebration </li></ul><ul><ul><li> 09501215 Amelie Witt </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Wedding in China </li></ul><ul><li>Reform and open-up, liberation of mind, globalization/western influence </li></ul><ul><li>Two types: </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Chinese Wedding </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified / westernized Chinese Wedding </li></ul>06051162 Yu Xiaoxiao, Julia
  8. 8. <ul><li>Traditional Chinese Wedding ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Three letters 三書 </li></ul><ul><li>A request letter 娉書 </li></ul><ul><li>A gift letter 禮書 Not in use anymore </li></ul><ul><li>A wedding letter 迎書 </li></ul><ul><li>Six rituals 六禮 </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal 納彩 </li></ul><ul><li>Name matching 問名 </li></ul><ul><li>Betrothal 納吉 </li></ul><ul><li>Betrothal gifts presentation 納征 </li></ul><ul><li>Wedding date selection 請期 </li></ul><ul><li>Pick up the bride 親迎 </li></ul><ul><li>Sedan chair team </li></ul><ul><li>Kick off the apple placed on the saddle( 马鞍 ), and cross over it </li></ul><ul><li>Three bows </li></ul><ul><li>Tea ceremony </li></ul>06051162 Yu Xiaoxiao, Julia
  9. 9. <ul><li>Westernized Chinese Wedding Ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Proposal and Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Wedding Planning and budgeting </li></ul><ul><li>Present betrothal gifts (betrothal lucky money) </li></ul><ul><li>Select wedding date </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing wedding invitation cards </li></ul><ul><li>Register in Home Affair Bureau, get marriage certification </li></ul><ul><li>Wedding Day </li></ul><ul><li>Groom pick up bride with car team and a bunch of flowers in hand </li></ul><ul><li>Bride’s friends test groom party </li></ul><ul><li>Tea ceremony </li></ul><ul><li>Three bows </li></ul><ul><li>Exchange wedding rings </li></ul><ul><li>Toast to every guest </li></ul>06051162 Yu Xiaoxiao, Julia
  10. 10. Comparison of German Christian Wedding and Chinese Weddings Decoration Wedding location Wedding dress Wedding rituals
  11. 14. You
  12. 15. <ul><li>Thank you for you attention! </li></ul>06051162 Yu Xiaoxiao 09501215 Amelie Witt