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Wedding bells disrupt residents' sleep



Should we celebrate happiness at the expense of our neighbourhood's peace?

A convoy of cars, believed to be picking up a bride for a wedding, woke up Jurong East residents early in the morning on Oct 22. The revving of the cars' engines was apparently loud enough to result in several noise complaints to the police.

A video, submitted to citizen journalism site Stomp, shows the convoy revving their engines audibly while the police talked to a few drivers and directed traffic. 

It has since sparked a conversation online about wedding traditions and celebrations.

What's going on? 

Gatecrashing is a common Chinese wedding custom that involves the groom and his entourage completing several obstacles set by the bridesmaids before they get to pick up the bride. Most show up with a convoy of cars and often rev their engines or honk to announce their arrival.

Similarly, the sound of revving engines and motorcycle convoys are also becoming a common sight at Malay weddings in Singapore. Some even perform stunts like "donuts",which involves burning a circle into the ground with a motorcycle. 

The convoy of cars, which included some sports cars, woke up residents early on Sunday morning.

Noise is part and parcel of celebrations, but should such celebrations come at others' expense?

Hazel Rodrigues, 19, expects people to be considerate when celebrating weddings.

The Singapore Polytechnic student said: "The world does not revolve around you just because you are getting married.

"Your neighbours may be sick, work night shifts or simply want to rest in the comfort of their own home without being disturbed by revving engines and honking. I do not have an issue with tradition, but you should spare a thought for your neighbours." 

Similarly, Dillon Chew, 19, felt that such celebrations should not disturb the peace, especially early in the morning.

"Gatecrashers are absolutely fine, however, they need to know their boundaries. If they already know that their gatecrashing ceremony is going to be loud, they should not do it early in the morning," said the financial informatics student.

Others felt that people should probably be more understanding, as the celebration of milestones, such as weddings, may not take place every day. 

"A wedding is a once in a lifetime experience. They do not happen very often and even when they do, the noise does not last for long," said 21-year-old student Simon Ng. 

"We live in a multiracial society. People should be tolerant of other cultures and their traditions. There might be a bit of noise but after all, it is the happiest day for someone. Who are we to ruin their day by complaining to the police?" added the engineering student. 

"At restaurants when people celebrate others' birthdays, aren't other patrons disrupted too? Wedding crashing is all in good fun, don't be so uptight," said Lim Ghee Yang, a 19-year-old media student.

Netizens came out in support of such traditions, advocating respect for wedding customs.

24-year-old Zoe Ng, who got married in 2015, felt that neighbours should try to resolve such issues with the wedding party directly before resorting to calling the police.

"Weddings are a joyous occasion, and the people involved would definitely like it to be as lively and exciting as possible. Sometimes, the people involved in gatecrashing be rowdy, but I guess the neighbours have to try to tolerate it as well.

"If it becomes too much, they can notify them [the wedding party], saving the police as a last [option]," said the optometrist.

What's your take?

1. How can we best celebrate wedding traditions without causing much disruptions to others?

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