Thursday, April 10, 2008

The palanquin of a Chinese bride

That was a little treasure in the middle of a wonderful day. A few seconds of being transported – it seemed – in another world. On that warm day of spring in Fujian province, I actually witnessed a moment which I thought only belonged to historic books and novels. It was the parade of a traditional Chinese wedding, and a glimpse at the palanquin of the bride. And I could imagine the rest of that day for her: earlier, getting ready at her home, now, in this red palanquin being carried by four men on that dirt country road to the home of her future husband, with a veil on her face probably… and later, the ceremony where her future husband and her will discover each other’s faces… may be for the first time… who knows?
It was just like stories from the 19th century or even from 30 years ago (I had read the long description of such a day in Mao’s Dancer a few weeks prior). And on that day, in the beautiful countryside, 3 hours away from Xiamen, from the top floor of one of these traditional round Hakka houses, I was witnessing it! A very special moment of Chinese tradition! May be it did not mean much to my travel fellows, but for me, it was one of the most exciting moments I lived in China…

3 comments:

Fuji Mama said...

How neat that you actually got to see that!

Tina said...

Ah yes, I remember that parade and the Hakka houses. It seems so long ago, no?

Miss you both. Hope you are enjoying life back home.

Rana Dana said...

AMAZING! Isn't it just such an amazing, different experience to be living in a place - I know you were traveling/touring around during this particular photo - but just the extended time in a foreign country gets you farther and farther afield, and I just have found the most amazing experiences seem to start piling up...

I really admire your blog -- I was SUCH a poor comparison while making entries on my blog earlier this month... but I guess I should just happily admit that I was so busy EXPERIENCING the trip... and am a shadow of the writer that you are (even in your SECOND language!!!)

Hopefully I'll see you soon now that we are both back in the US!