Widely distributed throughout China, Hui ethnic minority is descended from the Arabic and Persian merchants who came to China during the 7th century. As they mainly are the believers of Islam, called Muslims, the Hui Ethnic minority wedding is bound by the Islamic rules.
Taboos of wedding
At first, the Hui people don’t eat pork, dogs, donkeys, horses and mules. So in Hui Ethnic wedding, the beef is the most common meat food. And bloods from animals and poultries that die naturally or are not killed by Muslim mustn’t be eaten as well. That reminds me In Nakhi ethnic groupthere is also a complex and strict Wedding Dietetic Custom which has the the unique Nakhi wedding feast consisting of handmade preserves, some specialty and Nakhi hotpot. Secondly, because smoking and drinking are not allowed in Hui nationality, they toast with tea instead of wine at the wedding feast. Finally, when having the feast together, the seniors must be invited to sit at the honorable seats and juniors not sit together with the seniors on Kang (hot bed), instead they sit at the edge or on benches.
The Presider and Handing Out Nuts
When the boy and girl get engaged, friends and relatives from both sides are invited to drink tea and eat some snacks. On the wedding day, it is the imam who extols God Allah and serves as the chief witness of the marriage while the religious wedding like this is dissimilar in Dai ethnic group. When the ceremony starts, the bride and groom sit besides the table with candy on it in the bridal chamber and the presider imam praises God Allah for his contribution to the perfect marriage between the two young people. Then the imam asks them their religious names (if they don’t have one, he will give them their religious names), and tells both sides to abide by the virtues of honesty and trust, to recite the words of Mohammed. When the groom sends a gift to the bride (gift symbolizes of the true love between husband and wife), the imam reads the marriage testimony.
After that, the activity of handing out nuts will be held-The imam put some snacks on the table, including: peanuts symbolizing long life, dates indicating early birth of a healthy bay and metal coins signifying prosperous and honor and so on. And he gets three handfuls of them to put into the handkerchief the groom prepared. When all guests leave, the bride and groom enjoy these nuts together, symbolizing sticking together through thick and thin and living together until the end of time.