Baba Wedding In Phuket Town

Once a year, couples from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and China come to Phuket Town to get married. All on the same day. At the same time. It is the annual Baba (Peranakan) Wedding in Old Town Phuket.

“Baba” refers to Chinese immigrants who migrated to Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand during the 19th century. Here in Phuket many came to work in the tin mines.  A Baba wedding during that time was a way to show the wealth and social standing of ones family. It was regarded as one of the most important ceremonies in a person’s life.

This tradition lives on during the Baba wedding weekend here in Phuket. Brides and Grooms, along with their families and friends, came to Phuket Old Town this past weekend to perform the ceremonies and procession that make up their marital beginnings.

The feeling in the air was excitement and respect as we waited on Thalang road for the wedding procession to begin. I had a difficult time finding any good information about the event (in English at least) but for a little bit of the history of the event, check out Jamie’s Phuket Blog post about it.  We waited on the side of the road as the procession began… I wanted to show you what we saw, so I am going to share my pictures of the wedding procession in order.

First some people walked by handing out bags of dried flowers (to throw at the bride and groom). Z models it for us in this picture.
First some people walked by handing out bags of dried flowers (to throw at the bride and groom). Z models it for us in this picture.
Z and my mom waiting patiently for the procession to begin!
Z and my mom waiting patiently for the procession to begin!
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And it starts! Woo Hoo!

 

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A marching band
A marching band
Flag wavers... what is the proper term for this?
Flag wavers… what is the proper term for this?
First giving honor to the King (or at least I think that was what was happening).
Giving honor to the King (or at least I think that was what was happening).
Little Baba's
Little Baba’s
One of the couples (groom in white, bride in blue).
One of the couples (groom in white, bride in blue).
Finally able to throw some flowers!
Finally able to throw some flowers!

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This lady looks really familiar to me, but cannot place her... anyone know who she is? Leave it in the comments! :)
This lady looks really familiar to me, but I cannot place her… she seems to be a big part of the procession…anyone know who she is? Leave it in the comments! 🙂
Then these cute couples on bicycles.
Then these cute couples on bicycles.
For the finale, three VW bugs that were beautifully restored drove past. VW bugs and vans are really popular here.
For the finale, three VW bugs that were beautifully restored drove past. VW bugs and vans are really popular here.

Now it’s your turn! Would you get married at a mass wedding? If you aren’t married yet, want to come to Phuket next year and get married here with tons of other people? Leave a comment and join in the fun!

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