Experience an afternoon of ceremonies, music, and dances associated with East Asian traditional weddings!
Stage performances will capture various moments of wedding practices, such as the Cambodian “tying of the hands” ceremony, the Chinese “welcoming of the bride,” a Vietnamese “wedding tea ceremony,” and the Tibetan “taking the bride from her family’s home.”
Other performances will present abbreviated versions of several wedding ceremonies, such Indonesian wedding traditions, and the Filipino “tying the hands,” “putting on the veil” and “the groom giving the bride 13 coins.”
All performances include music and dance to accompany the various ritual practices.
A special installation will be created to showcase the Japanese wedding tradition of “one thousand cranes.”
The “Weddings of East Asia” performance is part of the Down Jersey Folklife Center’s “Near and Far: Arts and Cultures of East Asia” project, presented in partnership with Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Atlantic
County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. Major support for this partnership project has been
provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.