Hanh

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Surprise… August 10, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Hanh @ 2:30 pm

One of my co-workers, Tinh, is getting married. She invited me to her “dam hoi,” which is the engagement ceremony. I arrived…was pulled into a room, told to put on a ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) and instructed to walk out with one of the groomsmen. The bride has to be accompanied by several unmarried friends and I was recruited since everyone else was married. Remember when The Backstreet Boys were popular? Well, that trend never faded in Vietnam. “I want it that way” was blasting in the background as we walked into the room… “Tell me why…ain’t nothing but a heartache…” Interesting choice.

waiting for the boys

waiting for the boys

Then there was confetti everywhere...

Then there was confetti everywhere...



During the ceremony, the groomsmen bring 5 trays of gifts to the bride’s home as an offering.

During the ceremony, the groomsmen bring 5 trays of gifts to the bride’s home as an offering!

II have no idea what was in this tray - but it was heavy!

I have no idea what was in this tray, but it was heavy!

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