China cracks down on wedding extravaganza and extreme pranks

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BEIJING, Chian

 

Authorities in China have said modern weddings are both too extravagant and against Chinese and socialist values and the government is trying to put the brakes on a trend towards increasingly lavish weddings and pre-wedding pranks which can often become violent or sexualised.

According to authorities, the traditional “hazing” rituals couples are put through have also often been getting out of control.

Beijing’s suggested answer is to try to standardise ceremonies to a more traditional and simple format.

Authorities would “set guidelines on the process of weddings and the amount of cash gifts,” ministry official Yang Zongtao said in an interview on state TV broadcast on Sunday.