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Etiquette and Superstitions: Things to Take Note When Wearing Qun Gua/Kwa (裙褂) in Chinese Culture

If you are planning to wear Qun Gua (裙褂) for your wedding, read on to learn more about the etiquette and superstitions on this culture.


In Chinese culture, the wedding day is considered one of the most important events in a person's life. To prepare for this special day, the bride will perform a significant ritual known as the hair combing ceremony. The day before the wedding, the bride showers with water infused with pomegranate leaves, which is believed to cleanse her from bad luck. After the shower, she changes into a new set of red pyjamas, symbolising a new beginning in her life. On the next morning of the wedding, the bride wears the Qun Gua (裙褂) over her red pyjamas. This not only protects the delicate inner layer of the Qun Gua (裙褂) but also to symbolise good luck.


In Chinese weddings, the bride shows her gratitude and respect to her parents by serving them tea after wearing the Qun Gua (裙褂). After this important ritual, the bride's parents will cover her head with a new veil. This act is believed to bring good luck and protect her from negative energy that may be present on the wedding day.


The bride wearing a veil gifted by her parents symbolising their blessing for her newly-wed life.
The bride wearing a veil gifted by her parents symbolising their blessing for her newly-wed life.

According to Chinese culture, to avoid any potential harm, pregnant women are advised to keep themselves from touching the bride's Qun Gua (裙褂). This tradition is taken very seriously in Chinese culture, as it is believed that this is a clash of energies whereby one's luck can be greatly influenced by the energies amongst them.


In the olden days, the bride's mother to sew and make the Qun Gua (裙褂) as a special dowry gift for her daughter. However, in modern times, most brides rent their Qun Gua (裙褂) for their wedding day. To ensure good luck and prosperity, it is customary for the bride to place a red packet on the Qun Gua (裙褂) after wearing it.

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