The day before the wedding, there were a number of traditional rituals and ceremonies which had to take place, all presided over by one of the family matriarchs who was there to ensure that all was done properly.
TraderVic and I, along with my DSister1 and several of DS1's friends, were staying at the hotel, the Chateau de Chine, where the wedding was to take place the next day. We were all picked up by various family members to be taken to DDIL1's house where the first of the ceremonies were to take place.
When we arrived, our DIL was waiting up in her bedroom (in her white wedding dress) for her groom to win his way to her. However, he and all of us were not yet allowed inside the house. DS1 had to perform a number of tasks successfully - the Heng Tai challenge- just to be allowed in the house to speak to her parents. If he failed these tasks he was then "punished".
In this task the boys had to create a shape with their bodies, post it to FB and get 20 likes in ten minutes for DS1 to be able to move to the next task.
The "punishments" were all fun things he had to do as well!
Eventually he made it into the house where our DDIL's parents were waiting.
Then, DS1 performed a few more tasks and punishments but finally managed to make it up the stairs to where his bride was waiting. He got down on one knee and proposed to her again - luckily she said "Yes!"
Then it was back in the cars, back to the hotel (which represented DS1's home), DDIL had to walk through fire to get into the building and then there were lots more photo ops and then the tea ceremony. Sorry, there are no pictures of that, as TraderVic and I were the centre of this piece of the action. Our DIL had to serve us ceremonially serve us tea and give us ritual gifts of rice and bean.
It was all very beautiful and moving, with even more excitement to come as the wedding banquet was to be the next day!
That is all for now,