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The lunar year ahead will be an auspicious time to get married because it contains two days marking the start of spring, also called a “Double Spring” lunar year. This is a popular year for people to get married and hence, most popular wedding venues are fully booked months ahead. If you too, are looking at getting married in 2017, here’s the full list of auspicious dates on 2017 for your reference!
First of all, how should we choose our wedding dates?
Good for wedding:
1. Double Spring Year
The start of spring is always regarded as the beginning for everything that grows. To marry in a year of double spring means couples can enjoy ‘double happiness’ and be blessed with many children from their marriage. Thus, it’s generally a good year for marriage. Both 2017 and 2020 are Double Spring year.
2. Leap month
A year with a leap month has 13 months. It is generally believed that getting married in a year with leap month will bless the couple with love and harmony. There is a leap lunar month 6 in 2017 and leap lunar month 4 in 2010.
3. Double Spring year with Leap Month
Since both Double Spring year and a year with Leap month are good for getting married, 2017 is the most popular year of getting married according to the traditional Chinese wedding custom.
Choosing date: Which date is regarded as the “actual day”?
In today’s times, most people hold their engagement ceremony and wedding ceremony on different day. The ceremonies are separated on different day due to the dates allocated by the ROM office, while some choose to do so due to the time constraint of having both ceremonies on the same date. In this case, it’s best to choose an auspicious date for both of the ceremonies. The “actual day” is taken as day of the official wedding ceremony (when wedding procession and wedding banquet take place).
Choosing wedding date: based on birth dates of both parties
Some families may take both the bride and groom’s birth dates to calculate the best wedding date. Another simplified method is to find a “lucky” date for wedding from the Chinese Farmer’s Calendar （黄历）. Do remember to take note of your own zodiac sign’s luck on the day as well.
Choosing wedding date: based on the bride’s birth date
The traditional Chinese believed that male’s fate is determined at birth, while female’s fate is determined at marriage. Thus, wedding date is also chosen based on the bride’s birth date, before taking into consideration of the birth dates of the groom and other immediate family members. The believers of this method opine that disregarding this rule will lead to unhappiness (or even divorce) in a marriage, and the contrarian stands.
Not Suited for Wedding:
- Avoid Parents’ Birth Dates
In the traditional custom, parents’ birth dates are not suitable for getting married. The birth month itself is fine though.
- Avoid dates and months clashing with own zodiac sign
Check the clashing months before you choose your date.
- Avoid 3rd, 7th and 9th lunar month
3rd, 7th and 9th lunar month are usually months for QingMing, YuLanJie (Ghost Month) and ChongGong. These months are generally regarded as “Ghost Month” , hence, not suitable for wedding. Mid Autumn Festival, the day when the moon is at its fullest, is best for wedding celebration.
- Avoid San Niang Sha (三娘煞)
Legend has it that sometime long ago in ancient China, there is this stunningly beautiful girl named San Niang (三娘). She was hell-bent on getting married but for some reason or other, she offended the God of Marriages, Yue Lao who decided not to match-make her to anyone so she could not get married no matter what for the rest of her life. So angered, she swore bitter revenge and determined to cause trouble and break-up any new marriages she comes across. Thus the term San Niang Sha was born. It was later said, on days of San Niang Sha it is not auspicious for marriage. Every lunar month during the 3rd, 7th, 13th, 18th, 22nd and 27th, it is not suitable for marrying.
Of course, other than the customs above, it is also important to take in practical scenario into consideration, such as studying/working schedule, body condition (usually avoid menses period), parents’ opinion, etc. Generally, the lunar month of 6th, 8th and 9th are the peak wedding month in Chinese custom, thereby leading to higher pricing for wedding banquet. Thus, this shall also be taken into consideration of wedding budget in the selection of wedding dates. For those of you looking at these popular dates/ public holidays, do get ready early and book your venue to avoid any disappointment!
Herewith, we would like to share the auspicious wedding dates of each month in the year of 2017. (Save it or regret later!)
2017 Auspicious Wedding Dates
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Translated from: 2017年的结婚黄道吉日出炉啦~！！要结婚就要挑好日子！明年的婚礼场地会很抢手！！