Wedding Traditions for Teochew and Hokkien

IMG_9839 With the progression of time, more and more wedding traditions are simplified, and the wedding customs from the different dialects had mixed. For example, Si Dian Jin 四点金 as a betrothal gift is a Teochew wedding custom, but these days other dialect groups are also giving a set of jewelry to the bride as betrothal gift. It is difficult for the younger generation to tell apart which customs are for which dialect group.
Fortunately, there are many Teochews and Hokkiens living in Singapore, which helps in retaining some traditions that became well known as an important part of Teochews and Hokkiens wedding, such as ‘4 pieces of Gold 四点金’, pig trotters and fetching the bride at wee hours of the night.

Wedding Traditions
Betrothal Gift Ceremony 过大礼 (Guo Da Li)
Setting up Matrimonial Bed 安床 (An Chuang)
Hair Combing Ritual 上头 (Shang Tou)
Fetching the Bride 接新娘 (Jie Xin Niang)
Leaving the Bride’s House 出阁 (Chu Ge)
Entering the groom’s house 过门 (Guo Men)
Returning to bride’s home 三朝回门 (San Chao Hui Men)