Tuesday, 2 March 2010

custom wedding

A wedding is celebrated with some kind of ceremony almost every where. There ceremonies very greatly among different nations and different religions. But whatever the form of a marriage ceremony, it serves that a male and female have been joined in matrimony.

The marriage is a civil and religious contract between the bride and groom. The religious ceremony and celebrations vary with the customs of the country in which the marriage is held.

In central java and in some other provinces, the ceremonies obey traditional rules. In front of the muslim priest the groom takes an oath. He will be responsible for the family life for the rest of his life. After getting the wedding license he is led into the hall to meet the bridge stop to throw a roll of beteleaf at each other. Then the groom put his right foot on the chicken egg and crushes it. The bride in a squatting position washes the toes of the foot with clean water mixed with roses kept in a big bowl. This act symbolizes her faith.

The groom gives the bride a ring and slips the wedding ring into her right and slips the wedding ring into her right ring finger as a token of his love. Then the groom pours some rice into a piece of cloth put on her lap. It means that his income will be given to his family. The groom feeds her the food and the bride feeds him the food too. It means that all the income and possessions are shared together. After sometime the groom’s are invited by the bride’s parents. The couple sit flanked by the bridge kneels and presses her face to her parents’ knees and the groom’s and so does the groom. It means that they show respect and express great thanks.

After the main procession is over, the guests are entertained by “gambyong dance” “lambang sari dance”, and “karon sih dance”. The last dance symbolizes the couple’s harmony. They are expected to be in harmony.


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