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Rare look at Uyghur wedding in Xinjiang

(People's Daily Online)

17:30, October 25, 2011

The groom and the bride embrace each other warmly at the wedding in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Oct. 20. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

Edited and Translated by Han Shasha, People's Daily Online

The Uyghur wedding is all about dances and songs. It is not only ceremonious but also quite romantic.

In the early morning, the groom should drive the carriage to pick up the bride. And the bride waits for him at home with the veil covering her face.

After the relatives and groom arrives, the host treats them with sugar, dates, raisins, peanuts and other traditional snacks.

When the carriage returns the groom's home, the bride will have to step over the fire to enter the house.

The wedding is hosted by the Imam. At the wedding, the groom will showcase the betrothal gifts and the presents sent by the relatives. And then all the attendants will dance with the new couple until late at night to celebrate the wedding.


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An Uyghur at 2011-10-2512.69.32.*
@(6). these present are not sent by relatives but tied up on the groom"s back and neck by the friend groom to show respect. It is a very common tradition in the south.
  

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