I landed in Siem Reap, Cambodia exactly two weeks ago and oh what I have done, seen and eaten but on Sunday my friend Kandara and I attended my first Khmer Wedding.
A little History along with Tradition
The wedding ceremony is very meaningful for each of individual’s life and follows tradition and the laws of Cambodia. A carefully planned ceremony including choosing the correct date is believed to bring luck and harmony for the couple and helps them start a family. Some families do not allow their children to marry in the rain season and some delay it for two years after the engagement ceremony because of the fortune telling.
Khmer tradition allows people to marry only in a period of 6 months in a year in March, April, May, July, October, and January. In those months there are only 7 days of each month that are appropriate and they never fall on birthday’s, religious days, the lunar / solar eclipse or during the Khmer New Years.
They throw a great party … let the wedding bells toll.