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Dave’s Video Diaries: A Malay Singaporean Wedding

By Dave Fox
Singapore
Sunday, June 3, 2012

After wildly positive response to my first online video diary a few days ago (okay… three people e-mailed to say they’ve seen dumber stuff on YouTube), I’ve decided to keep going with the project. Today’s topic: Awkward moments at a Singaporean wedding celebration.

My wife, Kattina, teaches science at an international school here in Singapore. Her lab tech invited us to his daughter’s wedding reception this afternoon. Singapore has three major ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. This particular wedding was a Malay, Muslim wedding, complete with traditional drumming and folk music, phenomenal food, and a nifty crowd of people.We were excited to see a part of the culture we hadn’t yet experienced… but things got scary when we were asked to participate in the celebrations.

What do you do when you’re asked to take part in a ceremony and you have no idea what the protocol is? You follow instructions, you wing it, you keep smiling, and you hope the fertility ritual remains focused on those for whom it is intended.

When traveling, have you found yourself in awkward moments at celebrations? Share your thoughts in the comments area below… or write it up as a polished travel tale and apply to be a Globejotting guest writer.

Here’s the video:

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Published on Monday, June 4, 2012

One Response to “Dave’s Video Diaries: A Malay Singaporean Wedding”

  1. February 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Asian weddings tend to be filled with traditions and customs that are very alien to others. Even locals from other races might not understand, so it’s alright to feel awkward! But it’s still fun to watch! Thanks for sharing!

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