From 22nd – 24th June 2013, Phuket’s Peranakan Association, together with the Municipality of Phuket and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), organised the “2013 Baba Nyonya Romantic Andaman Wedding”. The event saw couples from all over the world come to Phuket to wed in the unique traditional Peranakan style “Pang Tae” wedding ceremony.
Six couples took part in the special wedding ceremony with two honorary couples being those of Phuket governor Maitree Intusut and Phuket’s Muang District chief. Many local and foreign tourists took great interest in the event and crowded the streets to watch the procession.
The President of the Peranakan Association said that the ceremony was held to preserve the beautiful culture of the Peranakan, passed down from generation to generation. Traditional Peranakan wedding costumes were worn in the ceremony with Peranakan cuisine served and a traditional tea ceremony held at the Jade Swan House, a famous ancient mansion in Phuket, where the ceremony was held.
The chief of the TAT office in Phuket stated that the TAT has continuously supported the “Baba Nyonya Romantic Andaman Wedding” tradition and has put the event on the TAT’s calendar to remind tourists of this annual activity. The event is expected to promote the island province as a sweet and memorable destination for both married couples and honeymooners.