Friday, November 28, 2008

The Moment

A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in beautiful maariage.Wedding traditions and customs vary greatly between cultures, ethnic groups, religious, countries and social classes. Most wedding ceremonies involve an exchange of wedding vows by the couple, presentation of a rings, and a public proclamation of marriage by an authority figure or religious leader.Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is followed by a wedding reception.Music, poetry, prayer or readings from scripture may also be incorporated in the ceremony.
Indonesia has many culture and traditions, also has many traditional wedding ceremony and garment worn at wedding ceremony. Batik and kebaya is garment worn by Javanese people, one of many tribes in indonesia, at their wedding ceremony.

Javanese people also have very unique traditional wedding ceremony. Before the groom and the bride get married, they have to follow several prosesion to the matrimony. Some of javanese people just know about Siraman and Midodareni. Beside that session, there are many session that have to followed by groom and bride before wedding matrimony. Javanese wedding prosesion started by Siraman, means to clean physical and soul, held one day before wedding matrimony. There are seven step at siraman procession, called seven pitulungan (seven xaviour). Water used in siraman is mixed from many flowers, called Banyu perwitosari. These flowers is gotten from seven wellspring. Siraman procession start by bride's parent, and closed by pemaes and then the bride should break the urn.
At night, the procession continued by Midodareni, which is the second night where both of groom and bride get the single status. Midodareni held in bride's home, there is an unique procession called "nyantrik" to make sure that bride will attend in Wedding Matrimony and certainty of bride's family ready to held wedding matrimony and "Panggih" for the next day.

Panggih Ceremony
The next procession after Wedding Matrimony, is Panggih ceremony, where "Kembang Mayang" is brought outside the bride's home to expel evil spirit. There are many step in this procession, which are :

1.Balangan Suruh
Throw away sirih leaf, which means love and loyalty.

2.Wiji dadi
The groom step on chicken egg until it smashed. Next, the bride will wash groom’s leg with flower’s water. This procession means a responsibility of groom to be a husband and father to his family.

The bride’s mother will wipe the groom means that bride’s family receive the groom as the part of their family.

Walk slowly and put the sindur cloth means that both of groom and bride is accepted as one family.

Both of groom and bride sit on father’s leg of the bride means parent’s love to daughter and son in law is equal.

6.Kacar Kucur
Kacar kucur poured in bride, means the symbol of the seeker of house expenses.

7.Dahar Klimah
Feed each other by both of the groom and bride, means that they will be together in Sad and happy condition.

8. Mertui
the bride's parent pick up the groom's paarent in front of Bride's home to walk together into wedding location.

9. Sungkeman
both of groom and bride ask for blessing from parent.




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