Indonesian wedding by the rules
• Indonesian wedding on the rules of
"Every self-respecting traveler, who wants to understand the life and customs of the country, which came just have to catch a good time and go to a local wedding ceremony. I was in the right place at the right time on the island of Java in Indonesia, where I had the opportunity to watch a traditional wedding sundaniziytsev nationality. Here wedding - this is a very sad holiday ", - says Yulia Halezova.
The action takes place at nine o'clock in Sukabumi on the eastern edge of the island of Java, Indonesia. "Let's go into the other room to pray this man - says Tia, noisy and we are moving into the kitchen, where all the chairs and the entire floor around them occupied by women of the family. Tomorrow their son (brother, nephew, uncle, grandson) marries his childhood friend.
After the prayer, everyone gathers in the main room, the names of the hall, and the floor begins feast bananas in batter on palm leaves, soy pace and bags with Teh Botol - cold strong brewed sweet tea, which is buying, will certainly need to pour into a plastic bag and leave glass bottle in the store. After talking heart to heart all the costs.
At eight o'clock in the morning the guests are already crowding at the gate house of the bride.
"Everyone has long been known that they are married. Even when the kids were all he is the prophesied future ", - says Tia, cousin of the groom. she only speaks in English. The rest are limited to a greeting, though the faces can be seen that they want to ask a lot.
In the head of the procession - the groom arm in arm with their parents. They firmly hold it against such stress and extreme heat it is likely that the young man would fall. Groom, obviously very nervous. He is 24 years old.
buffoon Penhulu (Penghulu) appears after a while. He leads the whole ceremony, looks like an old man's voice and movements appropriate. It is an actor with incredible ability of transformation.
All the women and girls dressed in Cabaye (from the Arabic "kaba" - clothes) - a long embroidered dress - and nicely tie a scarf, so that can be seen only powdered face and bright lipstick. Even the youngest guests make bright makeup. Men - in traditional shirts batik with long or short sleeves.
The girls' names in the book of guests who came.
They say that in the 90 years for the wedding was decided to give a wreath of flowers, which is lined with a wish the newlyweds, and various household utensils, so much so that the newlyweds in the end, it was more of the same gift blenders, televisions and other things. Now on the table at the entrance to the house, where the ceremony is a box, which is folded envelope with a gift in cash. Also, in the hands of the guests can see a box with cakes and bags full of candy.
After the speech of the father and brother of the bride on stage with a microphone in his hands all moved into the tent, where the center sits the bride, and in front of him, Imam. Later comes the bride.
The bride and groom do not look at each other during the ceremony, and their faces do not express any emotion. Spouses covered embroidered handkerchief, and the signs that now they have one mind on the two heads. In other words, now the couple have around to consult with each other and all decisions are made mutually.
The bride in a white embroidered stones Cabaye.
Indonesian women do not need to spend hours doing yourself a wedding hair, instead they braid absolutely incredible ways headscarves.
The bride does not dare to look at the bride.
Parents of the bride and groom.
The imam gives the couple a marriage certificate.
to get a certificate of the marriage, the newly minted husband and wife sit under one umbrella in front of the house. Two singers - a woman and a man - sing on behalf of the parents' prayer in which he explains how to have a husband and wife treat each other, how to live in harmony with yourself and others.
Wedding - a turning point in the life of the young, they pondered the move three years.
Then, kissing her knees parents, the couple ask for forgiveness and blessings and commit themselves to always be close to them in the future. This is perhaps the most emotional part of the wedding. Penhulu exacerbates the situation of his mournful song. All cry.
Relatives, responsible for organizing the food at the wedding. Suddenly there food trays, and all the guests at once blows toward the area where the trays are sent.
traditional food: vegetables with peanut sauce, beef stew, papaya leaves, soy pace on palm leaves, fresh banana on a separate stand ...
And, of course, rice. Indonesians believe that if they have not eaten rice - they do not eat at all means.
Guests who miss the ceremony, continue to come, the couple has a smile on his face invite them to the table.
At the same time, in another corner of the manor in the air flying coins that resemble a pair that you need to share with others what you have. Also throw rice, symbolizing prosperity, and candy, which marked the flavor and sweetness of marriage. Children and adults with enthusiasm catch it all.
Broken eggs. It is the rite Nincak Endog. A newlywed couple standing near the entrance to the house. Husband breaks an egg right foot, which symbolizes his primacy in the house, while his wife cleans his foot, showing that from now on she is subject to her husband.
Then the couple split clay jug. To be able to split a bigger piece of a ceramic pitcher and the owner of the house. Nothing like?