Thai weddings are wonderfully presented and have a unique quality that will entice you to attend some more while you are in Thailand. If you are marrying a Thai national and have a Thai marriage visa, you should know a few of the amazing events that take place during a wedding. A marriage visa in Thailand will promise you some great experiences. Here are 5 unknown facts about weddings in Thailand that you may not be aware of:
1. In the past, Buddhist monks were a regular feature in Thai weddings, however, things are gradually changing as now Thai weddings are hardly about monks and priests. Nevertheless, people now believe that about 9 monks should be present at the wedding ceremony. Nine is considered to be a lucky number and an image or a statue of the Buddha adorns all ceremonies in Thailand. Chants and hymns are sung while the bride and the groom are seated in their wedding chairs. The monks also anoint the foreheads of the couple with a sandalwood and white paste. A candle is lit and placed at the middle of the bowl that contains pure water. The monks are then presented with food which they have and then leave.
2. Thai customs are centuries old and the next custom truly makes a wedding very memorable. The Kaan Maak ceremony is quite a show given its importance in Thai weddings. In this, the Thai groom arrives with his entourage of people at the door of the bride. The procession has drummers and folk dancers who enliven the spirits of the wedding procession. Many from the groom’s family also carry flowers and gifts, incense sticks and candles. Banana leaves and sugar canes are also gifted to the bride’s family. Thai people love to arrange for elaborate sweets at their weddings. Rice and sesame seeds form an integral part of the wedding entourage and gifts. Many expensive gifts such as gold and jewelry are also given to bride as a mark of dowry at the wedding.
3. The next most amazing custom at a Thai wedding is that of preventing the groom from coming near to the bride. The bride’s family now puts up imaginary obstacles in front of the groom. This is a way of preventing the groom from approaching the bride. Once the groom successfully “opens” the doors of the bride’s home, he can then enter the bride’s abode. Often the groom has to pay “toll” which has to be to his sister in laws or members of the wife’s family.
4. Once the groom has entered the bride’s abode he has to pay the traditional dowry or the Sinsod. This is a token of respect for the bride’s family especially her mother who has reared her up for the groom’s future wife. The concept of Sinsod was originally to stipulate the social and economic standing of the bride in the eyes of the groom.
5. In keeping with many modern traditions, the engagement remains the final part of the Thai wedding. Here the groom and the bride are introduced to each other and both of them get acquainted before the wedding ceremony starts. An exchange of rings takes place too.