Bringing the bride home by rowin
Bringing the bride home
by rowing boat
Tourists watching a
traditional wedding dance performance as part of Binh Quoi Resort
II's new evening entertainment program
Whilst on the subject of
weddings, one can eas-ily imagine the bride and groom standing inside a church,
and the beautiful couple saying �Yes, I do� to each other before the family and
friends. Then there is the usual party to share in the couple�s joy.
wedding ceremonies in Vietnam, and especially in the southern provinces, have
their own unique regional features and characteristics. So as to introduce some
of these to local and international tourists, Binh Quoi Resort II is running a
new program, which will feature a stage performance every Tuesday, Thursday and
The show typically
begins at 7 p.m. and recreates short traditional scenes from various local
wedding ceremonies. To add to the romance of the occasion, the stage show is
performed in an open pavilion by the pond. When show time comes along, the
lights are turned off leaving only a searchlight to illuminate the stage and
nearby water, where small boats decorated in flowers introduce the first item,
which is called le ruoc dau or meet the bride.
The groom and his
relatives embark to join and meet the bridegroom�s companion for life, not
forgetting to bring introductory offerings with them, as per Vietnamese custom.
Then is the best
moment for visitors to have a closer look from the riverbank as a parade of
boats slowly rows by and passes under the cau khi foot bridge, which has
been built in a traditional Mekong Delta style, towards the lovely bride waiting
on the other side.
The flotilla of boats
then returns, accompanied by young girls waving colorful flags. As is Vietnamese
custom, the groom�s mother is the first person to welcome the bride before
taking her hand to show her around her new home, and invite her to light some
incense and say a pray for the ancestors. This is the most important part of the
wedding ceremony. After the ancestors have been introduced and the other
ceremonial formalities completed, the singing and dancing can begin!
The bride and groom
then leave the stage to offer visitors and tourists a cup of rice wine so that
they also can share in their joy. Traditional artistes then perform some classic
Musicians also play
some fascinating instruments for guests that produce a variety of wonderfully
strange sweet sounds, including typical southern folk melodies from bamboo
flutes, a harmonious solo performance from a 16-chord zither, or a traditional
monochord or two-chord violin.
As the wedding
ceremony draws to a close, it is time to say goodbye to the bride�s relatives
before the candles are turned off in the nuptial chamber!
The traditional wedding show
has been tailored for mostly foreign tourists, who can pick up the Bonsai Garden
boat at 5:30 p.m. from Bach Dang Wharf in the center of town. The boat then
floats off up the Saigon River towards Binh Quoi Resort II on Thanh Da
Peninsula. Although it is not far, tourists are served a cup of ginger jam tea
to refresh and revitalize them. The tour wraps up at 9:30 p.m. after dinner in
one of the restaurants at the resort, before the return journey back down
stream, by bus.
For pricing and
further information, contact Binh Quoi Resort II at 1147 Binh Quoi Street, W.28,
Binh Thanh District, HCMC, or call 556 5470, email: