Kahwin Cara Melayu/Malay-style Wedding
A couple of weddings in the family this past weekend. I got a couple of cool photos on my iPhone which I’m proud to share with you! I love the Malay culture (at least the little that I know about it, hehe) and hope you’ll enjoy the photos!
Second barrier: The bride’s sisters hold the fort. The thing they’re using to form the barrier is a bunga mangga, which is kind of like a floral thing made of shiny foil which is usually stuck into a pineapple.
This guy did the fake “gonna shake your hand, just kidding! Ok no now I’m really gonna shake your hand, changed my mind!” a couple of times and fooled the groom. When the actual handshake finally came I think everyone heaved a sigh of relief!
Hope the photos were interesting! This ceremony is called the “bersanding” or enthronement ceremony.
According to Wikipedia:
“The bersanding (enthronement) ceremony begins with the groom’s procession with friends, relatives, musicians and people waving bunga manggar (palm blossom) to meet the bride. Often various good-humoured attempts are made to waylay or stop the groom from getting to the bride. The main part of the bersanding involves the seating of the bridal couple on a dais and sprinkling them with yellow rice and scented water by family members, relatives and guests as a sign of blessing. Each guest will receive a bunga telur (egg flower), a decorated egg with a fabric flower, as a sign of fertility. The couple are considered royalty for the day, and so various royal customs are performed for them, including musicians playing court music and ‘bodyguards’ performing a display of pencak silat (traditional Malay martial arts).”
Happy new week all!