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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?

For more Sky Watch pictures and to participate, please visit the Skywatch site. Skywatch was created by Dot and put in motion by Tom, who made it a huge success. Now it is hosted by Klaus with the help of Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Slyvia.


  1. Beautiful sky. Thans for sharing how weddings are conducted in your place. Us here, bride and groom see each other only at the altar (if Catholic) during the wedding day. No., grooms do not fetch the bride-to-be. They travel in different cars going to the church.

  2. Moody, gray skies! Maybe not the most promising for a wedding, but lovely in their own way! Terrific shot! And always enjoy learning about other countries, this was very interesting!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  3. This wedding tradition sounds like a lot of fun for onlookers like me. What I would do to be able to watch this wedding ceremony (pre and post activities)

    You are part of the groom's entourage?

  4. It is a moddy photo of the sky, I enjoyed reading about the wedding traditions.

  5. Japa, Slyvia. Thanks for the nice comments. Photo Cache, yes, I am from the groom's side. You can view more chinese wedding pictures from wedding blogs. If you are invited to a chinese wedding, do take part in the activities before the wedding dinner. You'd have a lot of fun. If I can get permission from the bride and groom, maybe I can post some pictures later. Thank you for your comments. Have a great weekend!

  6. Eileen, Slyvia. The sky is quite dark, maybe because it is still very early in the morning, around sunrise. Later it was a sunny happy day with plenty of blue skies. Thank you so much for the visits.

  7. Yes, that bird in flight complete the already beautiful morning picture.

  8. I hope those clouds dissipated by the time of the ceremony. To me, they look like rain.

    What a funny and fun way to begin a wedding! I like it.

  9. Looks like a very cloudy sunrise, nice shot, thanks for sharing

  10. Lovely image, thanks for sharing hope the day turns out bright:)

  11. Not like any wedding I have ever attended.


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