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Bizarre Hazing Rituals From Chinese Wedding Festivities Come To Light

Weddings are a rather big occurrence regardless of which culture we may be speaking about, but there’s no question that they’re celebrated differently by folks across the globe. While certain things may seem on the strange side when looking in from afar, it’s important to keep things in perspective. What may look strange to an outsider is a perfectly normal custom in other cultures, and they should be respected and appreciated for what they are. That said, there are some things that are completely out there, as evidenced by a viral clip that emanated from China.

As the New York Post shares, that clip has brought to light the fact that there are some rather bizarre hazing rituals that take place around the big day over in China. For example, the clip showed a groom chopping down a door with an axe as glass flew all over the place. Three bridesmaids were injured when this went down, but it’s apparently a normal part of wedding day rites. According to tradition, the groom does so to enter the house to pick up the bride. Spectators were cheering the groom on as if it was a pretty natural thing, but the good times stopped rolling when the bridesmaids' faces became bloodied.

It’s all part of a custom known as hunnao, or wedding hazing, which is a practice that was originally started as a means of warding off evil spirits. Some observers worry that the practice is being taken too far and devolving into assault. Last month, there were reports that a groom passed out after he was completely doused with fire extinguishers.

Meng Jun, who manages wedding organizer Sunny Xipu in the Zibo, Shandong province, notes that some prospective bridesmaids have gotten to the point that they're downright frightened about participating in weddings, and the sexually-charged atmosphere isn’t helping things.

“A few years ago the targets of hazing in Zibo were mainly bridesmaids who were often single and shy. But many were offended, not only verbally, but physically. So now we start to play the jokes on grooms,” she explained. “As an organizer, we believe that this helps inject a happy tone to their big days. But if it’s too much, we will stop them,”

However, Guangzhou-based feminist writer Hou Hongbin paints a vastly different picture of things.

“For example, a man may ask his friend to allow obscene acts to [be done to] the bridesmaids at the latter’s wedding, on grounds that when he marries, he provides an opportunity for the latter to do similar things,” she said.

While it’s common practice across the globe to let the proverbial hair down on the big day, things should never get to the point where an actual assault occurs. That may seem like common sense, but the clip and the tales that have followed have demonstrated that not a lot of that is being followed in this particular custom. Perhaps the additional attention spawned by becoming a viral sensation will lead to some long overdue changes in that regard.

Source: New York Post
Photo: Weibo

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