(Susana) Wai Ha Fok
Marriage Traditions: Vast difference
There is a huge difference between Chinese and western culture in marriage traditions. Due to the different background of religions, histories, also the evolution of thought and custom, meanings behind the marriage and wedding routines are vary. China's traditional idea of marriage is believed in “accommodate to the harmonious” philosophy (I Ching: Book of Changes, Fu Xi). It is not only a deal between two people but also related to their families and social relationship. On the other hand, Americans believes that marriage is gift from God and means that couples are combined in one. However, no matter in what the culture, a wedding is always full of blessing and happiness. People in both countries regard marriage as one of the greatest event in one's life. They have similarity of base frameworks on the marriages. The first one is reasons why getting marry. Although these two countries have their own religion background which affecting their view of marriage, they are having the same expectation and blessing for the couples: hoping them will love with passion and take care of each other no matter what is going to happen. The second similarity is the transaction of the marriage license to become legal couples. In China, since the passing of new legal marriage polices, people are allowed to freely choose one's partner for marriage. It is same way in America “The freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by free men. “Which Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967) had mentioned. Both countries support freedom of marriage. People are born to be equal, so marriage partners can be chosen whoever you are. Planning a wedding involves many steps in most cultures. In the old traditional China, the couple's family would usually plan the whole wedding schedule for them. However, nowadays...
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