Any Thai couple’s wedding is a major event in their lives. Traditionally, the partners bow in front of their parents or elders to express thanks and ask for forgiveness before an old guy, known as a’ sai sin‘, is invited to thank the few. The newly-weds are also dipped in holy water and tied with pieces of whitened thread,” sai sin,” around their forearms. Countless relatives, friends and nicely- wishers likely connect the wire bracelets for them as well, adding to the cheerful environment of the occasion.

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to show their appreciation for their help and respect for their elders. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.

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