Bride Tradition in Thailand

Any Thai couple’s ceremony is a significant milestone in their lives. Usually, the pair sit in front of their parents or elders to express gratitude and ask for forgiveness before an old person, known as a’ sai sin’, is invited to bless the couple. The newly-weds are furthermore dipped in holy ocean and tied to pieces of light string,” sai sin,” around their ankles. Many relatives, friends and also- wishers did weave the string bracelets for them as well, adding to the pleasant atmosphere of the occasion

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to show their appreciation for their help and respect for their elders. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.

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