Philippine customs for weddings

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

A classic Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to fully ask for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals huge before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan did thank the couple on the first day while holding their joined arms over a dish of wheat. After that, the few went back to their grove and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next day.

Most households in the Philippines also practice pamanhikan customs today, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom may become led on split processions while frequently toting food or flower donations. The couple will subsequently kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the grain plate.

The newlyweds will normally obtain a kalamay bath from their customers during the welcome( a plate of slippery wheat cakes ). The grain serves as a reminder of their commitment to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a way for them to express their gratitude to their friends and family for their assistance and attendance at the bride.

The newlyweds will then typically 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 charges pinned or taped to their attire. The sum of cash amassed represents their riches and well wishes for the newlyweds.

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