They say that beach weddings are very romantic and are a dream of most couples. One of the best things about Koh Samui weddings is that aside from a Western style marital ceremony, which some couples opt to have, they can also decide to have one of those traditional Thailand weddings. This is a good way to experience the island’s rich culture and be able to share a colorful wedding ceremony with your loved one and guests. Here are some of the highlights of Buddhist style beach weddings.
Blessings of the Monk
The couples don’t have to be Buddhist to be able to have a traditional Buddhist wedding. Usually, couples opt for a double ceremony—to have the best of both worlds. Among the most important part of the ceremony is the blessing. The monks will chant prayers and place a lighted candle in a bowl of water. The water will be used to bless the bride and the groom. Aside from the water, a white paste will be used to anoint the forehead of the couples. The latter part involves giving food to the monks and allowing them to eat by themselves. After the meal, the monks will resume chanting and the senior monk will bless everyone with the sacred water. Donations will be given to the monks before they go back to the temple.
Khan Maak Procession
Thailand weddings are intertwined with their culture and the Khan Maak Procession is testament to that. This is when the groom’s family with a set of entourage will proceed to the bride’s home. When they reach the home of the bride, symbolic doors will be used to block their entry. During the earlier times, the Khan Maak Procession is the event where both families discuss about the dowry so an engagement can proceed. Now, this is done on the day of the wedding itself, with slightly altered rules to keep up with the modern times.
Rod Nam Sang
The Shell Ceremony or the so called Rod Nam Sang is also an important part of the event. This is when a conch shell or ‘sang’ is filled with water and will be used to pour on the hands of the couple. Aside from pouring of the water, the guest will also present a gift, to help the couples start they life together. The kind of gift given will depend on the giver’s social status and usually is in the form of money. In return, the couples will give the guest a token to remind the guest of the wedding.
This is where families and well wishers place a white string on the wrists of the couple as a sign of good luck. The strings are to be worn for three days to benefit from the good luck.
Thailand weddings are among the most enriching marital celebrations in the world. In Koh Samui, you can experience it too. If you are interested to learn more about weddings in Thailand, please read this article