Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam

Although recent years have seen wedding ceremonies conducted by the Dao Lo Gang ethnic group in the northern province of Thai Nguyen become simplified, they still feature many aspects of the traditional ritual.

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Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The ceremony begins from the moment the bride enters the bridegroom’s house. No matter which ethnic group the bride is from, when marrying a bridegroom from the Dao Lo Gang, the bride must follow the bridegroom’s traditional customs.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
An old woman is on hand to guide the bride in following the various customs of the bridegroom.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The bride must hide her face in order to ensure that no stranger can see her.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
A shaman gets preparations underway for the main rituals ahead of the wedding ceremony.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
Before the bride can enter the bridegroom’s house, the shaman asks her to step over a knife and a bowl of water placed at the main door.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The bowl of water and the knife are placed in order to halt evil spirits potentially entering the house.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
Tradition dictates that the knife must be left in front of the house for a total of three days.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The bowl of water is spilled and then turned upside down.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
Both the bride and bride groom receive support from relatives as they take part in the ceremony’s main rituals.
 
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
It is traditional for the bridegroom and bride not to see each other during the wedding ceremony.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
It is customary that the bridegroom bows down a total of 12 times in order to pay homage to the ancestors.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
People of the Dao Lo Gang ethnic group play traditional musical instruments while the rituals are underway.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
Wine is among the offerings presented to the ancestors.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The bride and bridegroom must drink wine during the rituals to show their promises to live happily together forever.
Exciting wedding of Dao ethnic group in north Vietnam
The shaman then ties a red scarf onto the altar in order to protect the newly married couple. The scarf will be removed three days later.

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