• Sain sin resting on a pa kwan tree
    Culture,  Relationship

    Sai Sin of a Traditional Thai Isaan Wedding

    The sai sin ceremony was my favorite part of the traditional Thai Isaan wedding with my wife, Ping Ping. Sai sin is the name of the white strings that have been blessed and then used during the wedding. Thai people also use these strings in other ceremonies such as house blessings and even funerals. During a wedding, the pa kwan (tree used in weddings and other events) holds the strings until it is time for the sai sin ceremony of the wedding.     Thai Buddhists use white strings due to the significance of white being the color of purity. Sai sin forms a circle around the wrists. The symbolism…

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    Forces of the Universe at Play on Our Wedding Day

    Sometimes occurrences can seem a bit more than just pure coincidence. Take for instance our wedding date. It would appear that the forces of the universe were at play on our wedding day. Exploring the symbolism of our special day does make me wonder…did the universe really help bring my wife and me together? Or is it just mere coincidence? An alignment within the chaos that the brain perceives as order. Either way, my wedding was the greatest day of my life and the symbolism just adds to our love story.   Ping Ping and I decided to wed on the date of April 15, 2018. We chose this day…