Liuzhou district marriage registration office offers Chinese-style ceremony
The newly-weds write down their names with ink brushes on traditional certificates after washing their hands. [Photo/Guangxi Daily]
Liuzhou's Chengzhong district, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region has gone viral online for providing a traditional Chinese-style ceremony when giving out marriage certificates, a service which debuted on Dec 31, 2021.
Chengzhong district is among China's second group of pilot areas for the reform of marriage customs.
During the ceremony, staff members wearing hanfu in the style of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) dressed the newly-weds in traditional clothes and had them write down their names with ink brushes on traditional certificates after washing their hands.
A staff member wears hanfu at the Chengzhong district marriage registration office. [Photo/Guangxi Daily]
"A total of 21 out of 25 couples chose to perform the traditional ceremony when receiving their certificates on Dec 31, 2021," said Sun Yu of the Chengzhong district marriage registration office. Sun noted that the ceremony is designed to promote traditional Chinese culture.
Xu Jing of the Liuzhou marriage registration service center noted that distinctive ceremonies will also be available on special days such as Feb 14, 15 and 22.