Photo Friday: (Chinese) Lady in Red

by Elizabeth Kain - Dim Sum Diary
( October 19th, 2012 )

It was a delight this summer when my daughter, Elisa, and I stumbled upon a plethora of brides getting their photos taken in perhaps one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world: Beijing’s Imperial Ancestral Temple Park, which is adjacent to the Forbidden City.

Living in Hong Kong and Singapore, one could forget that Chinese brides traditionally wear red, which is considered lucky in local culture.  Instead, many today opt to follow western custom and don white for their big day.  They feel it is more modern and stylish.

On this day, the sky was a brilliant blue, the air was clean, and tradition ruled.  My own daughter was having her photo taken in this nearly deserted location. Indeed, our only company was that of the brides, nervous and lovely in red, with their photographers, grooms and beauticians – tasked with keeping them fresh amid the searing heat – in tow.

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On October 20th, 2012 at 3:12 am, Tracy said:

How stunning do they look! Red is such a lovely colour for a wedding dress I think. And more practical – you wouldn’t notice stains as much and you wouldn’t need to spend as much on fake tans to avoid the white washing you out!

We spent a Saturday in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka and the gardens were filled with wedding couples getting their photos taken. All the ladies in red sari’s with gold jewellery. It was so beautiful.

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On October 20th, 2012 at 11:54 pm, Sonja said:

Well I learned something new today – I didn’t know Chinese brides wear red!

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