Any Thai couple’s wedding day is a important event in their lives. Usually, the handful bow in front of their parents or elders to show gratitude and ask for forgiveness before an aged guy, known as a’ sai sin’, is invited to thank the pair. The newlyweds are furthermore dipped in divine ocean and tied to pieces thai pretty girl of bright thread,” sai sin,” around their wrists. Several relatives, friends and well- wishers may weave the string bracelets for them as well, adding to the pleasant atmosphere of the occasion.

Before the actual wedding, a number of senior members of both families and friends are invited to attend a ceremonial Rod Nam Sang () where they will pour holy water from a conch shell over the couple’s hands. The couple will press their hands together and bow to show respect to their guests.

Since this ritual seems to be a very serious affair, many people may find it to be a little intimidating, but it’s actually just a customary way for the bride and groom to respect and applaud their elders for helping them lead happy lives. During the ceremony, the couple will also take a merit gift, usually in the form of money, to give to the monks.

Depending on the region, a traditional wedding can have different religious elements. For example, in the South, where Buddhism is a major religion, it’s customary for couples to invite nine monks to their ceremony and to have a Khan Maak procession.