2019 Wedding Under the Sacred Tree – Vows Witnessed by the Ancient Sacred Tree
Fifteen couples have signed up for this event in 2019, including 9 couples from Taiwan and 6 couples from overseas. Among them, the most special couple is an elderly couple, married for 43 years themselves, will be walking down the aisle again with their daughter and son-in-law this year. Not only are they going to take their vows again, they will also witness and be a part of their daughter’s new life ahead. Now, that’s extraordinarily meaningful. Another example is the story of two sisters – the older sister, married in April at the Wedding Under Starry Sky event - convinced her younger sister, who was also married this year, to participate in the Wedding Under the Sacred Tree event with her in October. These two sisters’ weddings were witnessed by Alishan, and their story has naturally been the talk of the town. On the other hand, the 6 overseas couples participating in this event are from Hong Kong, USA, and Singapore. The US and Singapore couples work in Taiwan and met from their jobs. They had started dating and eventually decided to spend their lives together. They want to participate in this meaningful wedding ceremony to commemorate Taiwan, the place where they have met and fallen in love.
The 2019 Wedding Under the Sacred Tree event especially arranged a two-day tour for the newly wedded couples. On the first day (10/19), an Alishan comprehensive tour is especially planned for the new couples. First, they engaged in a team building handmade tea project, where they might have experienced frustration during the process and had to face their difficulties together. In addition, they also experienced the unique indigenous Tsou tribe traditional wedding, as the tribe offered them blessings for a happy life together by performing traditional songs and dances. The couples also learned about cooperation from the process of making aiyu jelly. Adding brown sugar and lemon juice to the jelly symbolized the sweet and sour moments in a marriage. Finally, couples toasted each other with arms linked and hoped for a lifetime of love in matrimony.
On the second day (10/20) the opening act was an indigenous tribe dance performed by the Sianglin Elementary School students at the Sianglin Sacred Tree platform. The performers sent their blessings to the new couples with their traditional dances and wished them an eternal sweet life together. Under the guidance of Director Ma, wedding officiant from the Alishan Administration, the couples took their vows, while the wedding attendees witnessed the sacred and romantic ceremony. Next, the couples signed their marriage certificates, and exchanged rings. Finally, the 15 newly weds took each other’s hands, and waltzed in the forest by the Thousand Year Old Sacred Tree, completing a unique and unforgettable wedding ceremony under the sacred tree.
In addition to taking part in the wedding ceremony under the sacred tree, and experiencing a romantic tour, the event organizers also worked with the local shops and long-time supporters of this event (Heidousang and Rixingtang Wedding Cakes, etc.) to provide gifts to the couples at the end of the ceremony. The couples will not only have great memories of Alishan, but will take the blessings with them. We welcome you to witness this romantic wedding!