On the morning of the wedding, the Shaolin Warriors arrive early to accompany the Bridegroom on his journey to take the Bride home. The parents help the Bridegroom put on his best clothes. They then lead the Bridegroom by hand onward to his journey.
On arrival at the Bride’s house, the conquering party is met be a young boy who opens the door of the Bridegroom’s carriage. The Bridegroom is offered some sweet drink to sweeten his mouth and to bring sweet things to come. The conquering Warriors are well fed so that they are ready for the battle to break through the Bride’s defence.
The ceremonies at the Bride’s side are similar to those at the Bridegroom’s side. The Bride’s parents pray to Heaven and Earth to thank all the Gods for their blessings. The Bride thanks the Gods for a good husband.
The parents comb the Bride’s hair three times, the first combing signifying the marriage will be perfect and lasting, the second combing signifying the Bride and Bridegroom will have long lives, and the third combing signifying they will have a lot of children and grand children.
The parents then feed the Bride symbolizing the years of bringing her up. The Bride then feeds the parents and elders symbolizing her gratitude for their love and care.
The Night Before the Wedding at the Bridegroom’s Home
On the eve of the wedding, the parents of the Bridegroom thank Heaven and Earth. They then lead by hand their child who is going to be a man to thank the Gods for the blessings.
The hair-combing ceremony signals the transition of the child into a man. The three combings signify that the marriage will be perfect and lasting, that the Bridegroom and the Bride will live long life, and that there will be a lot of children and grandchildren.
The parents then feed the Bridegroom which symbolizes the years of bringing him up from a child into a man. The Bridegroom then offers food to the parents to thank them for bringing him up.