SUNGAI PETANI - When she furthered her studies at Beijing's Foreign Studies University, Nurfarahin Md Jaazi, 25, got a first-hand taste of Chinese culture and traditions. She was particularly fascinated by the wedding rituals.
On her return home, she told her sweetheart Muhammad Aiman Azhar, 22, she wanted theirs to be a typical traditional Chinese wedding - complete with tea ceremony and a lion dance performance.
This got their families also excited and they pulled out all the stops for the couple's wedding day on Nov 29, with accessories and regalia from China and several hundred family members, relatives and friends turning up in auspicious red to cheer them on at the bride's home here.
"Initially, we were a bit worried but, as it turned out, everyone was tremendously supportive and showed up in full force for our big day.
"They were very sporting and most wore red," said Nurfarahin, who is of mixed Malay-Chinese parentage and had her schooling at the Chung Hwa Primary and Sin Min Chinese Secondary schools.
"We're delighted as they got to experience things they had never tried before.
"Some were very excited to see my gown, and commented on how beautiful it was," beamed the schoolteacher, when the couple was interviewed yesterday.
Nurfarahin said after completing her further education in China, she broached the idea of the Chinese wedding with Aiman, a police logistics officer based in Klang whom she got to know through a brother-in-law.
They decided to go for it and were pleasantly surprised with the reception it got.
"It was a wonderful experience and I'm glad I got to celebrate part of my heritage," said Nurfarahin.
Echoing the sentiments, Aiman, who liked his traditional Chinese costume with skullcap, said he was proud to be able to share his wife's joy and heritage.
"From my grandparents to my relatives, everyone loved the idea. We've never had a family member with Chinese lineage, so it's great to learn more about something new," he said.