Friday, October 16, 2009
Skywatch Friday Season 4 Episode 14 - Sunrise on Wedding Day
This picture was taken in Ipoh on the 15th day of the lunar 8th month in the chinese calendar. It was still early in the morning, just as the sun was rising in the horizon. It was the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival and it was also an auspicious day for a traditional Chinese wedding. An auspicious hour had been selected for the prayers and tea ceremony. The groom is in the decorated white car in front while his friends are following closely behind in a convoy. All of them are heading to the bride's house to 'get the bride' and bring her to the grooms home for the official wedding ceremony to be conducted. When this group of bachelors reach the bride's home, they have to go through a series of jokes, pranks and negotiations by lady bachelors (the bride's girlfriends) before they can even enter the house. By the time they are able to leave the bride's home, they would either be sweating, made fools of or have laughed their hearts out.
Ipoh city is located in the Kinta Valley sandwiched between the Titiwangsa Main Range and Kledang mountain ranges. It is common to see beautiful blue mountains here enveloped with white wisps of morning mists which makes it look like snow capped. The air here is fresh and cooling. Can you see a bird (like a dot) flying high up in the skies?
Do you like this view of the skyline here? Does it remind you of a wedding ceremony you have attended before?
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