Cambodian weddings are long and intricate affairs that consist of multiple
ceremonies and songs. Below are examples of programs used at two different Khmer
weddings to help explain to guests some of the customs and meanings behind
the various activities and performances that take place. Although regional and
personal differences in wedding rituals do exist, both these
programs detail the key elements of traditional Khmer weddings.
bride and groom being blessed by devada
during the "hair cutting" or "cleansing" ceremony
Note: Wedding Program A tends to translate ceremony titles more
literally, whereas Wedding Program B tries to capture the essence of the
meaning in the translation. For example, in Program A, Gaat Sah is
directly translated as the "Hair Cutting Ceremony" because Gaat
Sah literally means "haircut"; in Program B it is called the "Cleansing Ceremony" to denote the
meaning behind the activity.