Barring the Groom from approaching the Bride (พิธีกั้นประตู)
In order for the wedding to continue, the groom must bring the bride from her room to join him for the engagement ceremony. However, before this can happen, the groom must successfully pass through a number of obstacles that are put in the groom’s way by the bride’s family. These symbolic “doors” can only be entered once the groom has proved his worth to the keepers of the “locks”.
Normally, there are just 3 of these symbolic “doors” (ofthen represented by a chain), but there may be more.
The groom can sometimes be questioned and is occasionally teased during this ritual as the family light-heartedly determined whether he can pass through each “door”, but his passage to the next “door”, or or ultimately to the bride’s room itself, will only be granted once a “toll” has been negotiated with the keeper of the “lock”.
The toll for each subsequent “door” will increase as the groom successfully advances.