Thousands of female graduates across China ditch the mortar board for wedding dresses
The wearing of wedding dresses along with other weird and wonderful outfits has become customary at Chinese graduations this year
Wednesday 02 July 2014
A new craze across China has seen female university graduates do away with the traditional graduation caps for, of all things, wedding dresses.
Unlike Britain, where ingrained traditions of tearful parents, gowned lecturers and celebrity speakers are all part of graduation day, in China there are fewer set in stone traditions and this has given birth to new ideas and rituals, including the wearing of wedding dresses.
During this summer’s graduation ceremonies, more and more of China’s female graduates have been adorning white gowns and tiaras to pose for the all-important graduation photo.
According to Liu Xiangping a student from Xi'an Polytechnic University in central China "The wedding dress makes things feel more meaningful."
Liu, who along with her classmates and thousands of other female graduates rent their gowns for up to and above $7 dollars a day to wear during their graduation.
With parents generally not attending, the importance of the graduation photo with classmates has become the most important aspect of the day, with those groups that have spent year’s together seeing their final pictures as the reward for their achievement.
Zang Xuehui, a 24-year-old senior at the Northeast Forestery University in Harbin pooled money together with five roommates to hire a photographer to shoot their graduation pictures. In total it cost the friends, who had lived together ever since their first year, the equivalent of $16 for three hours to take their photos.
She says that to graduate from university is something “full of significance” and believes that the wedding dresses and photos are a “unique way of celebrating this” with friends.
Many are now doing away with the traditional mortar board
Nevertheless, it is not only wedding dresses that have become customary attire for Chinese graduates. Other interesting outfits worn by graduates for their final photos have included students dressed up as pirates and builders, while other classes have seen students wearing Qing dynasty attire.
Despite the students believing that the wearing of wedding dresses for graduation is all in the name of fun, Lu Xiaowen, deputy director of the Institute of Sociology at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, believes the decision to wear a wedding dress has a more symbolic meaning.
For Lu she believes that wearing wedding dresses and other special outfits during graduation shows the last expression of creativity by Chinese students.
She believes that with massive competition facing grads for jobs, the decision to wear wedding dresses is seen as the final manifestation of freedom before entering the working world.
- 1 President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
- 3 Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
- 4 UK weather: 'Coldest night of the year' tonight as freezing temperatures plummet to -10C
- 5 Game of Thrones is most-pirated TV show of 2014
President of Argentina adopts Jewish godson to 'stop him turning into a werewolf'
Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations
Sir Winston Churchill’s family begged him not to convert to Islam, letter reveals
AirAsia flight QZ8501 missing: Search for plane carrying 162 passengers from Indonesia to Singapore suspended overnight
Millions of Britons struggling to feed themselves and facing malnourishment
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Nigel Farage: Ukip leader named 'Briton of the year' by The Times
Immigrants make UK racist, says Ukip councillor Trevor Shonk
£32000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Business Manager is required ...
£45000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Panel Wireman required for small electro...
£25000 - £27000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An SME based in East Cheshire, ...