A couple in Mainland China recently decided to get married…naked. Read on to find out more.
In China there is a term becoming increasingly popular among today’s society: Naked Wedding. Now before you get all excited thinking that the Chinese have found an inventive way to jump ahead in ceremonies and go straight for the honeymoon, think again.
The term “naked wedding” refers to a far more innocent idea. The idea is for couples to get married without the promise of material objects as per tradition in Chinese wedding ceremonies. Like many cultures in the past, dowries were often given to the family of the bride in exchange for their hand in marriage. In Mainland China this practice is still more or less kept in tact, as grooms are often expected to provide a house, car, money, and lavish wedding ceremonies as part of their husband to be duties.
Now this may seem rather materialistic to many in the Western World, however there is somewhat of a pragmatic reasoning. China currently has a booming economy, a disproportional ratio of females to males, and a competitive housing market in which every piece of land counts. Therefore for many Chinese the symbolic gesture of a house for instance, is also a very real way of securing a joyous future with your new spouse.
As naked weddings are becoming more and more desired by young people, 10 Hangzhou couples took things quite literally by having a public ceremony in little more than body paint and underwear as a demonstration of a naked wedding. Take a look:
If this is what the actual ceremony was like we wonder what the bachelor/bachelorette parties must of been like! The couples pictured above ranged in age as well as the time they were betrothed to one another, but one thing was the same, they all pledged their devotion without the promise of material objects but just love instead.
Good luck to these 10 Hangzhou couples and good luck to washing off all that body paint before getting it all over the beds during their honeymoons!
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