Chinese marriage traditions have changed and progressed over the centuries. In ancient China, men were permitted to have many concubines following their first marriage. Arranged marriages were common and many parents were anxious to marry off daughters. However, polygamy has since been outlawed in China, and young couples today select their own spouses. Many ancient traditions, though, still permeate marriages in China.
In China, red signifies joy, love and prosperity and is a popular color for wedding attire and decorations.
The date for a Chinese wedding is chosen according to the lunar calendar. The day and month must be lucky and fit well with the couple’s astrological signs.
It is customary for a marriage to begin on the half hour rather than on the hour. This ensures that the hands of the clock are on an upswing for the first minutes of the couple’s life together.
The Chinese symbol for double happiness is used in decorations, on invitations and on money envelopes for a Chinese wedding, and is an important aspect of ensuring a happy marriage.
The Marriage Bed
It is traditional for the couple’s marriage bed to be provided by their parents. This includes the comforter, sheets and other bedding.
A Chinese wedding is typically followed by an elaborate feast featuring a 12-course meal.
The qipao in red is the standard wedding dress for Chinese bride.
If you are going to a formal Chinese social gathering, and you are unsure of what to wear, you should consider getting a qipao. A popular garment for Chinese citizens and tourists, the qipao—also known as cheongsam—is a form-fitting dress with a long history of Chinese culture and tradition
According to Chinese legend, a young fisherwoman, both beautiful and clever, created the qipao for convenience. The qipao, designed with slits on the sides, enabled the young fisherwoman to tuck in the front piece of her dress and catch fish more easily. One night, the young Chinese emperor saw the young fisherwoman in his dreams, and, upon finding her, he made her queen. Manchu women then began dressing like the queen, popularizing the qipao.
The qipao originated from the Manchus living under the Eight Banner System. Beginning in the 17th century, Manchu rulers organized Manchus into political institutions called “banners” (qi), and all the Manchus were known as “banner people” (qiren). The qipao, directly translated as “banner dress,” was the typical clothing for Manchu women at the time. The Qing Dynasty, ruled by the Manchus, was overthrown during the 1911 Revolution, but the qipao remained popular for many years afterward.
Known for its simple and quiet charm, the qipao is a dress with a high neck and closed collar. The dress fits loosely around the chest and tightly around the waist. It is buttoned on the right and has slits rising from the bottom of the dress up to mid-thigh on both sides. The length of the dress may be knee-length or floor-length. Most qipaos are made from silk and decorated with floral designs and embroidery.
Several different types of qipaos exist to flatter women of all shapes and sizes. Qipaos with shorter collars are designed to elongate shorter necks, and qipaos with three-quarter sleeves are designed to hide flesh in the upper arms. Qipao separates are also available for women who prefer two-piece garments. Qipaos are typically crafted to fit specific body measurements, but with the increased availability of ready-to-wear clothing throughout the 20th century, off-the-rack qipaos have become more widespread.
Qipaos are worn not only by the average Chinese person but also by influential people on special occasions: Young girls wear qipaos to celebrate the New Year; brides wear them to their weddings; and movie stars and wives of diplomats have been seen sporting qipaos at social functions. In addition, qipaos have become a source of inspiration for renowned fashion designers. Versace and Ralph Lauren have both cited elements of the qipao in their designs. Thank you for your reading.
Most wedding dresses cost upwards of $3,000 (and a lot of blood, sweat, tears and epic family fights). This one, however… might have cost its designer about $10. An incredibly talented Redditor and artist specializes in making the coolest and geekiest stuff you’ll ever see. One day she decided to make her own wedding dress. The outcome was amazing.
Aside from the incredible design, there is something that sets Avant-Geek’s white gown apart from the rest. You’ll need to look really closely to see it.
This is 11 rolls of awesomeness.
We may never know why ply she used, but we do know that it only took her 11 rolls of toilet paper to complete her dress. If you want to see more of her geeky-cool creations, check out her Facebook page. The next time you feel the urge to complain about another person using too much toilet paper, just give them the benefit of the doubt. They could be making an extremely elaborate wedding dress.
Throwing a traditional Chinese birthday party could make someone with Chinese ties and heritage feel right at home. If you want to plan a special Chinese birthday party surprise for someone, impress him or her with how much you know about Chinese birthday traditions. Although you may not be able to do the traditions exactly, you could try something reminiscent of the traditions to show the effort you’ve put into throwing a Chinese birthday party.
Traditionally, a Chinese birthday party is the celebration of a long life and well wishes for even more life. Offer an authentic menu of noodles and dumplings to your guests to signify well wishes for the person they are honoring. Food that is served at a Chinese birthday party include “long life noodles,” which are very long noodles that are steamed and served with dumplings that have a sweet filling. Be careful not to accidentally cut the noodles while serving, as short noodles are said to be bad luck at a birthday party. These noodles can also be served with egg, which is seen as a “rich” food. The noodles, eggs and dumplings are eaten by all in attendance in support of the well wishes for the person they are celebrating.
In celebration of a baby’s birth, the father of the child will give red-dyed eggs to his family members and friends. Red is the color of good luck. He’ll give an even number amount of eggs if he had a girl and odd numbers for a boy. In the Chinese culture, birthdays are celebrated mostly at the beginning of a child’s life. Moon-yut is a party for the 1-month-old child and a padlock or a piece of jewelry featuring a lock is given to the child to signify the child being locked into the family. Money is also given in red envelopes for good luck. You could use these gifts as ideas for your own Chinese birthday party by offering red-dyed eggs to your guests and giving a charm bracelet with a lock and key charm to the birthday girl. However, never give a watch or other timekeeping device, as it is a sign of bad luck and indicates one seeking death.
There are some traditions practiced at a birthday that help a family tell the future of the child. Various items signifying different professions will be placed around the child, such as money, a pen or a book. The the family watches the child to see what he or she touches first. This is a rite of passage done at birthday parties to entertain the guests and to predict the path the child will travel on. You can incorporate this tradition as part of your birthday party by wordlessly placing items in front of guests and then predicting their futures by what item they touch first.
And please don’t forget wear the Chinese tradional dresses to attend the party!
Chinese culture is thousands of years old, and so there is a rich history to draw from when talking about traditional Chinese clothing for women. Throughout different time periods and dynasties, Chinese clothing has evolved with the technology of their construction and the introduction of new fabrics
The pienfu and chenogasm are types of traditional clothing for women. The pienfu has two pieces, a tunic top that is usually a robe and is tied about the body, with a long skirt that extends to the floor. This type of dress is still presented in opera and Chinese stage productions. The chenogasm is still worn in modern versions today. This dress has centuries old roots, but became especially popular in the 1930’s. This is a long, one-piece gown with a mandarin collar and three buttons on the right shoulder. It can be sleeveless, short-sleeved or long-sleeved. It is fitted at the waist (and sometimes at the chest) and extends to the floor with slits on the side. This dress is meant to show the Chinese female form. Today, chenogasm dresses are worn around the world, and short versions of the dress are available in many stores.
Vibrant colors and beautiful embroideries are characteristics of traditional Chinese clothing. Each region had their own style and different classes in society used different styles. Today, children love to wear these traditional clothes either as elegant party clothes or for everyday wear. There are a wide range of traditional outfits to choose from, suitable for boys and girls, and you can buy traditional shoes, hats and hair decorations to complete the outfit
Traditional Chinese dresses for girls are called qipaos. During the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911), the loose-fitted gowns made of silk brocade, frog knots and mandarin collars became popular. Today, these dresses are worn for formal occasions, such as, weddings and Chinese New Year. The colors of the dresses have different meanings. The first emperor was caller the yellow Emperor and the color yellow is linked to the imperial service. Blue and green are colors of spring, while purple is linked to wealth and winter.
QiPao for Boys
During the Ching Dynasty, boys had to wear a long ponytail and cutting the tail off marked the boy as a rebel. After the revolution in 1911, the qipao was still worn by boys. When China opened to global trade again in 1975, qipaos were worn for special occasions and a ponytail or queue is attached in the hat. The color black is the color traditionally worn by young boys and it is the symbol of the beginning.
During the 1920s qipao dresses were used to design cheongsam dresses or Mandarin gowns, which are stylish, often tight-fitting, dresses. The cheongsam dresses were created in Shanghai and they became popular among upper class women. There are long and short dresses and they come in a range of vibrant colors and they can be plain or finely decorated with traditional Chinese embroidery, such as, butterfly, plum blossom, peony or peacocks.
Kung Fu Suits and Hats
A Buddhist monk, Da Mo, came to China from India in the 5th Century. His mission was to teach physical and breathing exercises. A comfortable special suit was used to carry out animal poses for the kung fFu exercises. Kung fu suits consist of a loosely fitted jacket and pair of trousers. Today, you can find kKung-fu suits with embroidered dragons, which is a symbol for the emperor. There are also suits for girls in a range of colors with pretty flowers and animal motifs. Hats are decorated with symbols to promote health. Traditionally, mother’s wishes and moral teachings were embroidered on the hats. Symbols are important in Chinese clothing and there are hats with dragons, clouds and Chinese signs.