A marriage made in the Han Dynasty

Updated: 2011-05-23 14:10


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A marriage made in the Han Dynasty
A couple choose to marry following the rituals of China's Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) in Lanzhou, capital of China's Northwest Gansu province on May 22, 2011. The couple, surnamed Ma and Yuan dressed in traditional Han wedding clothes, walking side-by-side, slowly entering the ceremonial hall. Unlike a western wedding host, a well-respected elder was chosen as the master of the wedding ceremony. Instead of vowing "till death do us part", the couple vowed Taoyao from The Book of Songs, a Chinese literature classic. The whole wedding ceremony followed Han Dynasty rituals exactly, with all guests sitting down on their knees, creating an air of majestic, divine nobility. "Compared to a westernized wedding ceremony, we wanted to make the wedding as authentic Chinese as possible, and as solemn as it can be", said the bridegroom Ma. This is believed to be the first Han-style wedding ceremony in Lanzhou, local media reported. [Photo/CFP]

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