Traditional wedding ceremony of K’Ho ethnic people restored to attract tourists

Hundreds of tourists and local people attended the traditional wedding ceremony of the K’Ho people restored by the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the highland province of Lam Dong in coordination with the People's Committee of Lac Duong district.

Traditional wedding ceremony of K’Ho ethnic people restored to attract tourists

Traditionally, the K’Ho are matriarchal. Female will catch her potential partner home and men move to the wife's family home after wedding ceremony.
In K’ho society, when a girl likes a boy, she tells her parents, who then invite a matchmaker to deliver a marriage proposal to the man’s family. If the proposal is accepted, the girl’s family will suggest a “husband catching” day.
The marriage ceremony of the K’Ho people includes the engagement ceremony and the wedding ceremony. The engagement usually takes place at the boy's house and at night because the bride's family wants to avoid being noticed by the villagers if the "husband's catching" fails.
Gifts in the ceremony include two bronze rings, chicken, ‘Can’ wine (indigenous flavored rice wine), glutinous rice ...
The elder Bon To Sa Nga in Dung K’Si village in Da Chais commune, host of the wedding ceremony, said that the groom's family has the right to challenge the bride's family and the girl must meet the challenge. Wedding challenges are usually buffaloes, precious gongs and ancient jars in addition to pigs, chickens, necklaces, clothes, and brocade towels.
If the groom's family challenges are so high, the bride's family can ask to pay after the wedding.
The wedding ceremony usually lasts one day and one night in the gongs of the boys and the rhythmic and flexible dances of the mountainous girls.
The oldest uncle in the girl’s family or the elder of the village will be the host of the ceremony.
Chairman of the People's Committee of Lac Duong District Su Thanh Hoai said that the authority will continue to invest in reviving the festival space of the K'Ho people in the coming time in addition to restoration of traditional K'Ho weddings to become an ideal tourism destination.

By DOAN KIEN - Translated by ANH QUAN

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