Filipino wedding traditions are very unique and different from other traditions. It is a fact that Asian countries have an exotic and mysterious wedding tradition. In view of the western, Asia has a lot of traditions that are very attractive and will not be found on other continents. Therefore, there are many tourists who come to visit and enjoy the unique traditions of Asia, even some of them are interested to hold a wedding there. Besides Japan and China, Philippines also have attractive traditional rituals at the wedding ceremony.
The Old Filipino Wedding Traditions
In ancient times, the Philippine wedding traditions are very stiff. There is a tradition in which the groom throws a spear at the front of the bride’s home before the wedding day. It is a symbol that the bride is already his and there should be no other man to disrupt their relationship. In the ancient Filipino wedding ceremony, the event is held in full three days. In addition, there is a very interesting tradition; hands of the bride and groom will be tied by a rope when exchanged vows as a symbol that they have become one and cannot be separated forever. Over time, this tradition begins to be abandoned and turned into a simple and flexible tradition.
Currently, most people in the Philippines do catholic wedding traditions since the Roman Catholic is the religion of the majority population of the Philippines. There are two important traditions namely the engagement and wedding ceremony. They still adhere to the tradition of the ancestors of throwing a spear at the front of the bride’s home in engagement event. While at the wedding, there are several witnesses who will be present at the ceremony. One of them will put the bride’s veil to the groom’s shoulder. After that, the witness also drapes white rope on the neck of the bride and groom as a symbol that they have become family.