research paper marriage tradition

1355 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 6 Pages
(Susana) Wai Ha Fok
EN114

Marriage Traditions: Vast difference

There is a huge difference between Chinese and western culture in marriage traditions. Due to the different background of religions, histories, also the evolution of thought and custom, meanings behind the marriage and wedding routines are vary. China's traditional idea of marriage is believed in “accommodate to the harmonious” philosophy (I Ching: Book of Changes, Fu Xi). It is not only a deal between two people but also related to their families and social relationship. On the other hand, Americans believes that marriage is gift from God and means that couples are combined in one. However, no matter in what the culture, a wedding is always full of blessing and
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There is also a common phenomenon that couples from these two countries will have much more pressure than before getting marry during the preparation because they may be worried about the preparation and whole routine, such as, budget of the whole marriage, guest list, dates of wedding etc.
   Based on the difference of culture background, China and America celebrate their wedding in unique ways. Before getting married, Chinese couples have to give a formal visit to each other’s parents in order to get the permission of marriage. Next, they will discuss to choose the best day from the Chinese lunar calendar that is symbol as goodness to get marriage. It is very important in Chinese culture because it means couples would have a smooth life and good luck after the wedding. However, there are no limitations on the exact day for a wedding in the US. Couples can get married whenever they prefer. They often have an engagement before wedding. In the US the day the couples get engaged is often a special surprise for the girl that the groom-to-be plans with great care. One of the biggest differences between China and the USA is the format of wedding. In China are three letters and six etiquettes need to be followed in traditional wedding. However, people intense to simplify them to match up the trending of society. In today's main processes, bridegroom and best

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