These gifts are in addition to the ones brought to the home on this day.
Once again the entourage of family and friends descend on the bride’s home in much the same manner in the “gift presenting ceremony.” At the home of the bride-to-be, they are graciously received with tea, areca nuts, betel leaves, and perhaps liquor being served.
The gifts brought by the bridegroom-to-be are placed on the ancestral altar.
Child marriages are not so common in Vietnam today.
Though many things have changed, the rituals have stayed more or less the same in traditional marriages.
should be similar in background and on as equal a level as possible.
The couple’s horoscope should be in accord and not conflict.
In Vietnam today, the marriage age may range from 16 to 18 for women (at least 18 by law) and 20 to 21 for men (at least 20 by law).
These figures rise to higher age levels in the cities where the Western influence is felt.
The following section will concern itself with the second group and its traditional rites of engagement and marriage which are highly regarded and practised in Vietnam.
In olden days, chastity was strongly emphasized with young people being carefully supervised.
As with Confucianism, the physical development of love was not highly regarded.