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Chinese Wedding Taboos and Superstitions

  1. Avoid 'Red Event' clashing 'White Event' (忌紅事沖白事)
  2. Avoid 'Red Event' clashing 'Red Event' (忌紅事沖紅事)
  3. Avoid marriage in mourning period and mourning year (孝年)
  4. Avoid marriage in a 'Happy Year (喜年)'
  5. Avoid marriage in a 'Widow year (盲年)'
  6. Avoid marriage in the month of April
  7. Avoid marriage in ghost month
  8. Avoid marriage during Qing Ming (清明) period
  9. Avoid disturbing the bridal bed
  10. Avoid meeting head-on with people whose Chinese zodiac clashes with the Chinese zodiac of the wedding day
  11. Avoid odd number auspicious day
  12. Avoid giving odd amount in red packets
  13. Avoid meeting before wedding
  14. Avoid marriage on a day that clashes with family member death

1. Avoid 'Red Event' clashing 'White Event' (忌紅事沖白事)

According to this belief, the groom and bride should avoid a situation of a 'Red Event' (紅事) clashing a 'White Event' (白事). In the context of marriage, a 'Red Event' refers to ROM and wedding. A 'White Event' refers to funeral and wake. According to this belief, a groom and bride should not attend a funeral or wake within 100 days of their ROM and wedding. The groom and bride should not invite a person who is having funeral or in mourning to attend their ROM and wedding.

2. Avoid 'Red Event' clashing 'Red Event' (紅事沖紅事)

According to this belief, the groom and bride should avoid a situation of a 'Red Event' clashing another 'Red Event'. According to this belief, a groom and bride should not attend a wedding or a birthday celebration or visit a woman who is going to give birth within 100 days of their ROM and wedding. The groom and bride should not invite a person who is getting married or going to have a birthday celebration or going to give birth to attend their ROM and wedding.

3. Avoid marriage in mourning period and mourning year (孝年)

According to this belief, marriage should not take place in a mourning period and mourning year. This belief applies when a parent or a direct family member has passed away.

There are 2 beliefs regarding marriage in a mourning period and mourning year. One belief is that a marriage (ROM and wedding) should take place within 100 days of the death or take place 3 years after the death. The other belief is that marriage should not take place in a mourning year (孝年). The mourning year can be 1 year or 3 years.

According to this belief, marrying in a mourning period is a sign of disrepect to the deceased. It is inauspicious and may bring bad luck to the family. It may also result in having fewer children.

4. Avoid marriage in a 'Happy Year (喜年)'

According to this belief, marriage should not take place in a year where a marriage has taken place in a family or a baby is born in the family. An example is to avoid a situation where siblings marrying in the same year.

According to this belief, the rule is to avoid a clash of happiness (喜沖喜). A clash of happiness is seen to be inauspicious.

5. Avoid marriage in a 'Widow year (盲年)'

According to this belief, marriage should not take place in a year that has no 'Li Chun (立春)'. Such a year occurs whenever 'Li Chun' falls before the first day of the lunar Chinese New Year. Click to read the article on Marriage and the Widow Year.

According to folklore, marriage in a 'Widow Year' may indicate difficult days ahead in the marriage.

6. Avoid marriage in the month of April

According to this belief, marriage should not take place in April because April (四月) sounds like death month (死月) in Chinese. To avoid any inauspicious link to a marriage, it is best to avoid marriage in April.

7. Avoid marriage in ghost month

According to this belief, marriage should not take place in ghost month. The ghost month falls on lunar 7th month. According to folklore, during the lunar 7th month, the hell gate is opened and ghosts will wander around in search of foods. To avoid coming into 'contact' with ghosts, it is best to avoid having marriage in the ghost month.

8. Avoid marriage during Qing Ming (清明) period

According to this belief, marriage should not take place during Qing Ming (清明) period.

9. Avoid disturbing the bridal bed

According to this belief, once the bridal bed has been installed, no one is allowed to sit and sleep on it.

10. Avoid meeting head-on with people whose Chinese zodiac clashes with the Chinese zodiac of the wedding day

According to this belief, when the groom fetches the bride to the groom's house, people whose Chinese zodiac sign clashes with the Chinese zodiac of the wedding day should stay in the room (i.e. avoid meeting the groom and bride head-on) when the groom and bride enter the house. These people can come out of the room after the groom and bride have entered the bride room.

11. Avoid odd number auspicious day

According to this belief, ROM and wedding should not take place on an odd number auspicious day but on an even number auspicious day. According to this belief even number is auspicious and odd number is inauspicious.

12. Avoid giving odd amount in red packets

According to this belief, all red packets given at wedding should contain even amounts. According to this belief even number is auspicious and odd number is inauspicious.

13. Avoid meeting before wedding

According to this belief, the bride and groom should not meet each other on the day before the wedding.

14. Avoid marriage on a day that clashes with family member death

According to this belief, the ROM date or the wedding date should not fall on the death anniversary of a family member. This is also to avoid 'Red Event' clashing 'White Event'.