Philippine customs for marriage

From pre-colonial indigenous rituals to Catholic, Chinese, and Muslim cultures, Philippine wedding customs are a lovely fusion of native and foreign influences. However, despite having different cultural backgrounds, love and commitment is a common style in Filipino wedding festivities.

A conventional Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to publicly inquire for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals that took place longer before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan may bless the lovers on the first day while holding their joined fingers over a dish of rice. The handful finally went back to their orchard and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next evening.

Most communities in the Philippines still practice pamanhikan traditions today, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom may become led on separate parades while frequently toting food or flower items. The couple did subsequently kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the rice disk.

The brides will generally get a kalamay wash( a tray of sticky wheat pastries) from their visitors during the reception. The corn serves as a reminder of their vow to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a means of expressing gratitude to their loved ones and friends for their assistance with the marriage ceremonies.

The newlyweds will then dance during the money dance, also known as” the dollar dance.” The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to party with them while having costs taped or pinched onto their clothing. The sum of wealth amassed represents their blessings and well wishes for the honeymooners.

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