Picture shows French couple Martin and Marie’s marriage taken in Kunming. Marie wears a beautiful red wedding dress for the wedding. [Provided to InKunming]
Marie with her son wears a red sweater in Kunming. [Provided to InKunming]
[InKunming--Interviews & Polls] In the coming of Chinese New Year this year, Martin, a French man, told her wife Marie, a French woman, in a morning to buy red socks, pants and underclothes like Chinese people do to celebrate the New Year in Kunming. The French couple, who have lived in Kunming over 5 years, spent Chinese Spring Festival in the city 3 times.
Martin, started up business in Kunming by chance, cultivates French fruit raspberry in a farm that is not far from Kunming, and has set up a company to sell raspberries mainly in China's markets. Marie, with a dream of spreading knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine to France, is learning the traditional Chinese medicine knowledge at a Kunming’s university. The couple got married in Kunming several years ago, and had their first child in the city more than two months ago.
Due to the couple's experience in Kunming, they had acquainted with a lot of Chinese friends, can speak fluent Chinese, and learned a lot about Chinese culture and about Spring Festival from Chinese friends.
Martin and Marie take picture with Zhuang nationality when they travel in a village of Yunnan Province. [Provided to InKunming]
To the couple Martin and Marie, they would like to wear red socks, pants and underclothes like the Chinese do in the coming of a new year. In Chinese culture, color of red represents happy, auspicious and passionate traits. Chinese people believe that those who wear red clothes from head to foot in the Chinese New Year could be blessed with lucky lives through the whole year as the red color that represents.
Except for red underclothes, Marie also likes to wear red coats, such as red sweaters or skirts that people could see at first glance. In the marriage Martin and Marie carried out in Kunming, Marie also wore a very beautiful red wedding dress.
Also before the coming of Chinese New Year this year, in the Martin’s farm, many lines of big red lanterns were hung up at the suggestion of Marie.
Martin and Marie had spent Spring Festival together three times in Kunming. They were often invited by Yunnan friends to the friends' homes for celebrating the festival. Martin and Marie also invited Chinese friends to their homes for spending the festival.
Within the couple's past experience, Martin and Marie made delicious meals with Chinese friends in the Spring Festival. Traditional Chinese foods, such as dumplings, cured meat, and classic French tastes, such as red wine were put on tables for all of them.