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The Wedding of My Parents - II
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 09 February 2007 01:54
The wedding ceremony begins in the morning with the chanting of monks, then the couple and relatives offer food to the monks who, after their meal, will chant again while the senior monk will go around to bless the couple and the whole gathering with holy water before they go back to the temple.
 
After the monks finished chanting, my mum and my dad gave some flowers, incense sticks and a candle to the monks. In the picture on the right, the monk is blessing them with holy water and wishing them good luck for their future together.
After the monks went back to the temple, my parents went to take some pictures with their relations. On the left is my mum's relations and the picture on the right is my father's relations.
In the afternoon, my parents received a blessing from everyone who came to their wedding. People did this by pouring some rose scented water on my parents' hands. In the pictures, you can see my parents are joined together with a white piece of string. The man on the left started the ceremony by putting a white spot on their foreheads.
After the dinner reception, the last ceremony to be performed is the sending-off of the bride and groom to the room specially arranged with the decoration of roses. The ceremony will usually be guided by the elder villager and eventually, the ceremony ends here.
 
Information in this page mainly comes from a book called "Essays on Thailand" by Thanapol Chadchaidee. It is used here with his permission. The book contains 60 essays about Thailand written in Thai and English.