From pre-colonial indigenous rituals to Catholic, Chinese, and Islamist cultures, Philippine bridal tradition is a lovely fusion of native and foreign forces. However, despite having different cultural backgrounds, love and commitment is a common concept in Filipino wedding ceremonies.

A traditional Filipino wedding, such as the pamanhikan, in which the groom’s family pays the bride a visit to fully ask for her hand in marriage, was an extravaganza of folk rituals long before Spain colonized the Philippines. A babaylan did love the couple on the first day while holding their joined palms over a tray of rice. After that, the partners went back to their grove and enjoyed a delicious meal there until the next time.

Most individuals in the Philippines also practice pamanhikan customs nowadays, but they do so with a more contemporary flair. To the babaylan’s home, the bride and groom may be led on distinct processions while frequently carrying meal or plants as items. The couple likely finally kiss and hug each other as the babaylan prays over the corn plate.

The newlyweds will typically get a kalamay bath( a tray of sticky rice cakes) from their visitors during the reception. The corn is a representation of their vow to remain united throughout their marriage. Additionally, it serves as a way for them to express their gratitude for their assistance and participation in the wedding holidays.

The newlyweds will then typically dance during the “money dance,” also known as” the dollar dance.” The bride and groom’s friends and family gather in sherengas during this time to dancing with them while having expenses pinned or taped to their garments. The sum of income amassed represents their blessings and well wishes for the honeymooners.