While both raised in the United States, wedding hosts many grand-old traditions
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/25/2013 -- Although Nhu-ha Tran and husband Steve Lam were born and raised within the United States, the couple felt it was of the utmost importance to honor their Vietnamese heritage when they decided to tie the knot.
Befoer the wedding, Mass at our Lady of Lavang in Northeast Portland, the couple decided to have their family observe a traditional tea ceremony, which began at 8 a.m., and ended the day with a reception that continued on through the night.
“It made the day more hectic, but in the end I was happy that we did it. It was something that not everyone can say that they’ve done,” Tran said. “It made my parents happy, and it was nice to do something that was part of my culture.”
Lam's family had arrived at Tran's family home, wherein they presented gifts to the bride and her family. The gifts included a fully roasted pig, as in tradition. Gifts were wrapped in the lucky color of red, and included betel leaves and areca nut, which hare both important symbols of marriage in the Vietnamese tradition.
The marrying couple burned incense at the bride's ancestral alter, and then turned in order to honor the parents. Following the tea ceremony, the relatives of each family took turns giving the new couple advice and warm wishes. Family members are also formally introduced to one another on the wedding day to create bonds between the families.
Both Tran and Lam asked that the Mass be celebrated in both the famillies' native tongue as well as English. While most of the Lavang family spoke mostly Vietnamese-only, the occasion could be enjoyed by all.
After the Mass, the procession was moved to Lam's family home, wherein the newlyweds visited the groom's ancestral alter, and welcomed even more well-wishers.
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