Weddings of East Asia

Banner for Weddings of East Asia on Saturday, June 8 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., picture of couple in traditional Chinese wedding attire on left. Photo by Alman Li.


Admission is FREE! Part of WheatonArts “Family Days! Presented by PNC Arts Alive!

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 Vietnamese “wedding procession,” and the Tibetan tradition in China known as the “taking the bride from her family’s home.”

Other performances will present abbreviated versions of several wedding ceremonies, from Indonesia, China, and the Philippines. The Philippine traditions of coin exchange, laying of the veil, placing of the cord, the lighting of the unity candle, and the dance of the newlyweds will be accompanied by a Rondalla Ensemble.

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.”

A woman in a blue gown assists a Vietnamese bride with her golden khăn đóng, ornate red gown, and golden cloak.
Woman dressed in traditional Philippine bride attire
Two people attach origami cranes to the special "one thousand cranes" installation in the Down Jersey Folklife Center

Program Schedule:

1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cambodian Wedding Traditions: The Hand Tying Strings Ceremony
Presented by Leendavy Koung with family and friends

1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Chinese Wedding Traditions
Presented by the Asian Club and Dynasty Alliance Community Club, Atlantic City

2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Han and Tibetan Wedding Traditions in China
Presented by XiaoFang Huangmei Arts Academy

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Indonesian Wedding Traditions from the Island of Bali
Presented by “Modero and Company” Indonesian dance group

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Vietnamese Wedding Traditions: The Procession
Presented by the Asian Club and Dynasty Alliance Community Club, Atlantic City

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Philippine Wedding Traditions
Presented by the family of Felixberta de Guzman Hidalgo. Traditional music by the Alay Philippine Performing Arts Rondalla and friends from the Bloomfield Mandolin Orchestra

A special community art project and installation titled “A Crane of a Thousand Cranes” will be on display to honor the Japanese tradition of the “thousand cranes,” signifying happiness and long life. Each crane was hand-folded by members of the Seabrook Japanese community, as well as by staff, volunteers, and visitors of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

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, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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