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Measures to curb expensive weddings and funerals
    2017-August-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

A CITY in Henan Province is trying to curb extravagant wedding and funeral ceremonies in rural areas in an effort to promote frugality.

In a recently issued guideline, Dengzhou proposed that the betrothal gift a groom gives to the bride’s family should be less than 30,000 yuan (US$4,465), according to a Henan Business Daily’s report.

The guideline also calls on villagers to scale down their wedding banquets to no more than 10 tables — each costing no more than 360 yuan, and limits the guests on the bride’s side to less than 20.

It also seeks to end long motorcades and large amounts of money gifted to the newlyweds from friends and relatives.

For funerals, the city encourages simple banquets serving no liquor and cigarettes and advocates playing funeral music at the ceremony to replace the traditional practice of inviting ensembles.

To ensure implementation of the measures, the city is establishing village-level wedding and funeral councils.

According to Gao Yonggang, an official in Dengzhou, exorbitant spending on weddings is especially severe in rural areas, causing huge financial burdens on the groom’s family.  (China Daily)

Like Dengzhou, many parts of China are plagued by extravagant wedding and funeral ceremonies.

A report shows that the average money spent on betrothal gifts in Huichang county, Jiangxi province, soared to 300,000 yuan ($44,000) this year, the equivalent of 15 years of disposable income of local urban residents.

 

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