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THE CULTURE AND CUSTOM OF THE CHINESE PERANAKAN IN PENANG ISLAND: WEDDING CEREMONY

The wedding ceremony of the Chinese Peranakan portrays a lot of the colourful Chinese heritage traditions that are similar with the Malay customs.

The customs include the use of the betel leaf container that symbolizes the bride-to-be purity, and the dowry that needs to be handed to the bride-to-be parents as recognition of her well preserved purity. Included too is the exchanging of ring ceremony of the couple, the marriage gifts that is gifts presented to the bride from the groom and vice versa, the use of scented flower potpourri and incense. The ceremony is also adorned with the song Dondang Sayang sung in Malay and danced by the guests during reception.


The wedding ceremony of the affluent Chinese Peranakan is held for 12 days continuously, while for the normal is celebrated on the first day and the twelfth day only.

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