Salt Merchants Cultural Festival of Geyuan Garden
Geyuan Garden held the first Salt-merchant-style group wedding ceremony on January 1st, 2014. The groom, clad in long robe and vest, traditional Chinese wedding outfit for grooms, rode a high horse walking through Donguan Street, leading a group of musicians playing suona (a traditional Chinese musical instrument) and a heavily-adorned sedan which carried his bride who was in a red robe and a phoenix-shaped coronet (as opposed to modern western-style wedding dress). After a series of ceremonies including stepping over a saddle, a flamed basin, bowing to ancestors, parents and to each other, removing the bridal veil, offering tea to each other’s parents, the young couple finished the most important ceremony in their lives. Such a well-arranged traditional Chinese style wedding ceremony gave participating couples an opportunity to experience the traditional Chinese wedding customs and etiquettes.