Red Veil

Red Veil

The red veil is a unique red silk and satin, which is one of the dressing items of the bride in the ancient Han nationality. When the red veil is to be opened by the bridegroom when entering the bridal chamber, it is one of the rituals on the way of greeting the bride. In today's society, some Han or Tang style weddings still have the red veil in the wedding ceremony.

Red Veil

The red veil is made of light gauze, which is thin and does not cover the sight, shape long or square. The color is dark red, which means good luck. When the bride is married, she covered head with the red veil before going to the sedan chair. When the wedding is held, the bridegroom will uncover it, which is called "JieGaiTou" or "TiaoGaiTou". There are two explanations for the intention of red veil: one is to cover up the shame, the other is to ward off evil spirits. When the bride is covered with the red veil, it must not be removed before enter the marriage room. When the bridegroom's wedding ceremony is to be held, the bridegroom will pick away the red veil after worshipping the heaven and earth and entering the bridal chamber, which is also known as "uncovering the veil". Choose to pick away the red veil commonly used jade Ruyi or happy scale, take the meaning of "satisfactory".

The earliest red veil appeared in the Qi Dynasty of the southern and Northern Dynasties. After the Qi dynasties, this custom disappeared for a time. In the Tang Dynasty's Tongdian(a book), it was reprimanded that red veil violated the ancient system and declared that it was not popular at that time. But in Song Dynasty, the custom became popular again, and the men in Song Dynasty wedding once wore Huasheng to cover their faces. After the Song Dynasty, the custom of female marriage with red veil continued.