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Making Traditional Thai Wedding Better Known Worldwide

February 11, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

The southern province of Trang has played a vital role in making traditional Thai wedding better known worldwide through its annual event “Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony.”

Trang Governor Somsak Parisuttho Hemthanon said that Trang is recognized as a romantic destination and that the province attracts many couples from various countries to its unique wedding ceremony.

Since Valentine’s Day falls on 14 February, the whole month of February is regarded as the month of love in many places. A number of couples have chosen to tie the knot during this period of the year. Trang province takes this opportunity to organize this mass wedding ceremony that differs from that held elsewhere, as it takes place underwater. The Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony is also recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest underwater wedding.

Participating in this wedding are both Thai and foreign couples. The event in 2014, the 18th of its kind, is scheduled for 10-12 February. It will be joined by 31 Thai and foreign couples. As for foreign couples, they are from France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, and China. A total of 481 couples participated in this event during the past 17 years. Out of this number, 404 couples were Thais and 77 couples were foreigners who came from 31 countries.

Organized by the Trang Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with several local organizations, the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony 2014 will be held under the concept “Let your love glitter the world.” The participating couples must be qualified divers.

Upon their arrival at Trang airport on 10 February, they will be given a warm welcoming ceremony. After that they will be led to plant a “tree of love” and attend a traditional water-blessing ceremony at the Trang Peninsular Botanical Gardens in Thung Khai subdistrict, which is about 13 kilometers from the town of Trang. There will be a grand procession and cultural performances, as well.

In the wedding ceremony, the couples will wear traditional Thai costumes. They will also attend the kin niao traditional rite, to be held for the brides and grooms to take ceremonial glutinous rice, as it is believed that, with the ceremonial glutinous rice, they will stick with each other with love forever.

On 11 February, the couples will slip below the water on Kradan Island, within the Hat Chao Mai National Park, in Kantang district to exchange rings and register in the presence of witnesses. Kradan Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Trang, is located about 40 minutes by boat from the mainland.

On 12 February, the couples will make a tour to enjoy both natural and cultural attractions in the province, which is located on the coast of the Andaman Sea.

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