On November 16, Guiyang Confucius Academy held 2020 (Year of Gengzi) Traditional Wedding Ceremony. Eight couples, in Hanfu, the traditional clothing for Han Chinese, made standing love promises and experienced the charming excellent traditional Chinese culture in the solemn and elegant ceremony.
Traditional wedding ceremony, a quintessence of traditional Chinese culture, bears the joy of our ancestors and has profound humanistic sentiments and value of education. As the spiritual highland and landmark postcard of culture of Guizhou Province, Confucius Academy incorporates the ceremony into the “Four Etiquette Practices” and carefully designs the event in order to spread the implications of traditional Chinese culture and demonstrate etiquette of Chinese civilization through the solemn and elegant ceremony.
Before the ceremony, Professor Gong Dequan, Vice Dean of School of Sociology and Public Administration of Guizhou Minzu University and Event Adviser of Confucius Academy, gave the newlyweds blessings. He said that holding a traditional wedding ceremony here was not only a solemn declaration of the marriage between two individuals but also a prudent expression of “establishment of connections between their families”.
In the warm morning of early winter, with the sound of bells and drums, 2020 (Year of Gengzi) Traditional Wedding Ceremony of Confucius Academy officially began, and ten routines were carried out in sequence. The host recited the Cry of the Ospreys in the Book of Songs in a passionate way, wishing the newlyweds have a harmonious and happy marriage and their love last forever. Then, the performers dressed in traditional costumes danced with music, bringing more joy to the festive and peaceful atmosphere.
“Taking an important step in my life in the solemn ceremony is a kind of both inheritance and development.” said Wen Ning, a bridegroom and a member of medical teams that were in Hubei to help the province fight COVID-19. He noted that traditional culture was a source of power for him, especially during his stay in Hubei; every routine in the ceremony was full of Chinese wisdom and etiquette, which was the precious wealth left to us by our ancestors and more importantly a spiritual yearning.