Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wedding Tradition from West Sumatera,Indonesia

Tradition wedding event Minangkabau usually through a number of processions which are still to be upheld and the second involving a large family bride, especially from the woman's family. Here are some traditions and rituals are usually performed both before and after the wedding:

1. Maresek

Maresek is the first assessment as the beginning of a series of procedures for the implementation of marriage. In accordance with the system of kinship in Minangkabau, the woman's family came to the family of man. Traditionally the family who arrived with a hand fruit cake or fruit according to the manners eastern culture. At first some women who experienced was sent to find out whether the targeted youth interested in getting married and match with the girl. The procession may take place several times the negotiations until an agreement is reached on both sides of the family.

2. Woo and Exchange Alerts

Family prospective bride's family came to be groom's hand in marriage. If engagement is received, continue with the exchange of signs as a symbol of the binding agreement and can not be decided unilaterally. Events involving parents or ninik mamak and the elders from both sides.

The delegation prospective bride's family came in with a complete set of betel nut in the kampla Carano or bags made from pandanus leaves. Serving betel early meeting with the expectation if there were deficiencies or irregularities will not be a gossip. On the contrary, things will be sweet in the meeting is attached and remembered forever. It also included a souvenir cakes and fruits. Objects that are exchanged are usually sacred objects such as kris, traditional fabric or other items of value to the family history. These objects will be returned in an official event after the ceremony took place.

Procedures that begins with the woman's family spokesperson who presents the complete betel to taste by the family of groom as a sign of sacrifice. A spokesman told the official application. If the received signal continues to switch their bonds. Next berembug about pick-up procedures would be groom.

3. Mahanta / Ask for Permission

Prospective groom and please spread the blessings of marriage plans to the mamak-mamak, his father's brothers, the brothers who had married and respected elders. The same thing done by the prospective bride, represented by female relatives who have a family led by betel.

For the prospective groom took selapah containing palm leaf and tobacco (but currently sedah replaced with a cigarette). As for prospective bride's family includes betel ritual complete.

This ritual is intended to inform and ask prayer wedding plans. Usually visited the family will provide assistance to participate bear the burden and cost of marriage according to ability.

4. Babako - Babaki

The family of the prospective bride's father (called bako) wanted to show his affection by contributing bear the costs according to ability. The event took place several days before the ceremony.

Equipment is usually supplied in the form of betel complete (as a customary chief), singgang yellow rice chicken (traditional food), conduction of goods required prospective bride as a set of clothes, gold jewelry, side dishes well cooked or raw, cakes and so on.

According to tradition, the bride picked candidate to take his father's family home. Then the elders to give advice. The next day, prospective brides carried back to his house accompanied by a paternal family with a variety of relief goods had been.

5. Night Bainai

Bainai means attaching soft collision boyfriend leaves red or henna leaves the nails bride. This collision will leave a bright red marks on your nails. Traditionally held the night before the ceremony. This tradition as an expression of love and blessing from the elders of the bride's family.

Special clothing for ceremonial dress bainai ie bersunting character and low. Other equipment used include water containing seven fragrant flowers, leaves, crushed iani, yellow umbrellas, yellow jajakan cloth, fabric hoops and chairs for prospective brides.

Prospective bride with character dress and low bersunting taken out of the room flanked by peers. Events bathe symbolically with scented water sprinkled seven flowers by the elders and parents. Furthermore, the nails prospective bride was given henna.

6. Manjapuik Marapulai

This is the most important custom in the whole series of marriages according to Minangkabau adat. Grooms are picked up and taken to the bride's house to carry out the ceremony. The procession is also accompanied heritage award to the prospective groom as a sign of an adult.

Traditionally the bride's family must take full betel cerana, indicating the arrival of the habitual, complete the groom dress, singgang yellow rice chicken, side dishes, pastries and fruit. To the west coast of Sumatra are usually also include a yellow umbrellas, spears, swords and pick up money or lost money.

The delegation delegates from prospective families to meet prospective bride groom carrying equipment. After the procession sambah mayambah and express purpose of arrival, the goods were delivered. Prospective groom and his entourage paraded to the prospective bride's residence.

7. Children welcome in the House daro

Tradition of welcoming the prospective groom prospective bride's house is usually festive and great moment. With the sound of traditional music that Minang Gandang Talempong and Tabuk, and ranks Traditional reciprocal wave of young men dressed in martial arts, and welcomed the virgin clad betel presenting custom.

Betel in complete custom Carano, golden yellow umbrella, yellow rice, white cloth is jajakan equipment normally used.

Umbrella bride's family would be groom was greeted with traditional dances reciprocal wave. Next, the group welcomed the virgin line with a complete offering of betel leaves. The elder woman grooms sprinkled with yellow rice. Before entering the door of the house, legs sprinkled prospective groom as a symbol of purifying water, then walked up the white cloth to the site of the covenant.

8. Tradition after the ceremony

There are five traditional Minang event held after the usual ceremony. Is memulang sign, announcing the title of the groom, complaining forehead, yellow rice and dredge play Throckmorton.

* Return sign
After officially as husband and wife is given as a sign of promise when the bond proposal is returned by both parties.

* Mengumumnkan groom title
Degree as a sign of honor and maturity that typically carries the groom announced ninik mamak directly by his people.

* Spreading forehead
Couple bride led by the elder women to touch their foreheads to each other. Both the bride is seated facing each other and between the two faces separated by a fan, then the fan gradually lowered. After the bride's forehead would touch each other.

* Mangaruak Nasi Kuning
This procession suggests cooperative relations between the husband should always isri resist each other and complement. The ritual begins with the couple scrambled to take the hidden chicken in yellow rice.

* Playing Throckmorton
Throckmorton is a traditional game Ranah Minang. That kind of chess game done by two people, board games like checkers. This game means so that both families could melt the ice and each individual ego to create intimacy.

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