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Traditional Ordos wedding performance shines in Hohhot

Updated: 2021-02-26 (chinadaily.com.cn) Print


A woman is wearing a Mongolian wedding dress and dances to music at an Ordos wedding performance held in Hohhot on Feb 22. [Photo/ordosnews.com]

An Ordos wedding performance was staged in Yuquan district of Hohhot city in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region on Feb 22.

Ordos-style weddings are a traditional folk custom in Inner Mongolia’s Ordos city, which has a history of more than 700 years.

Ordos' wedding ceremonies have evolved throughout the ages and become a precious piece of folk culture with a profound legacy. Ordos-style weddings were included on the National Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2006 by the State Council.

The wedding performance consists of the engagement, the groom's welcoming at the door, sacrificing a sheep and making a toast. 

It embodies the unique nomadic, court and sacrificial cultures of Ordos and is a product of Mongolian folk culture.


A mother helps adjust the Ordos-style Mongolian wedding dress for her daughter, who is about to get married. [Photo/ordosnews.com]


A performance shows the groom being welcomed to the door during the traditional Ordos wedding. [Photo/ordosnews.com]


The groom lifts the bride's veil at a traditional Ordos wedding performance. [Photo/ordosnews.com]


The groom and bride jointly sing a Mongolian song at a traditional Ordos wedding performance. [Photo/ordosnews.com]