Twenty young couples in southeastern Hangzhou recently decided to get hitched without a stitch, wearing only leaves and flowers in rejection of the materialistic concerns frequently associated with marriage in China, Hong-Kong-based Oriental Daily News reports.
This was the second year that the Songcheng Anthomaniac Festival organized such a collective wedding ceremony in Hangzhou. Couples braved chilly temperatures and rain as they marched through a corridor of artificial green leaves to pronounce their vows.
Who cares about rings anyway? â€" Photo: SIPA Asia/ZUMA Wire
The term luohun, which translates to "naked marriage" in English, popped up in the last decade in the country as a number of young couples spurned the idea that a man is qualified to propose only if he already owns an apartment and a car â€" a notion promoted by many Chinese parents.
In a "naked wedding," the bride and groom typically donâ€™t bother with rings, let alone with the traditionally lavish banquet that usually goes with Chinese weddings.
The pressure on Chinese men to find a bride is intense, and complicated by a lack of potential partners due to the countryâ€™s former one-child policy and the resulting widespread selective abortion of female fetuses. Unless a man is gao-fu-shuai, â€" that is, tall, rich and handsome â€" getting hitched is no piece of wedding cake.