a) Veiling of the bride
The veiling of the bride is a poignant moment signifying the parent’s sadness as the daughter is going to leave their home. After the makeup and hairstyling session, the bride’s parents will affix the veil to her hair and thereafter veil her. The bride will then await the arrival of the groom or may then proceed to the church.
On the other hand, the parents of the groom will see to the grooming of the groom and to finally help him putting on his coat as symbolical sign of the final grooming accorded to him as a single person under their care. This is also performed in lieu of the Pai Chew (wine libation) during the traditional Ki Beh (mounting of horse ceremony) as a wish for a safe journey before he embarks on the journey to the bride’s house.
b) Chim Pang – Unveiling the bride
The unveiling may be held in the confines of the bedroom or for Christians, in front of the congregation in church. If it is held at home, the couple is encouraged to partake (one red and one white) kueh ee soaked in syrup and then a cup of tea. If an elderly couple with living children and grandchildren is available, they can be invited to feed the kueh ee to the bridal couple with the wish that the bridal couple will together be surrounded with happiness and be blessed with longevity and many descendants. The meaningful event is to be enacted at near the bed or even in the midst of the congregation immediately after unveiling. In the past, this is considered