The Betawi people are basically known to have the characteristic of speaking frankly, they tend to be who they are. Apparently, this also affected the procedures and the wedding arrangements of the Betawi culture they lived in. Not that without meaning, the uniqueness of Betawi traditional marriage also has a meaning that is full of noble values just like other traditional regions in Indonesia.
The following is a series and the meaning of the Betawi traditional wedding procession. Like anything? Come see more below!
1. The first ritual like most in other regions viz applying for, a formal request from a man to marry a woman
In the process of applying, usually there are envoys who are asked to help to bring supplies such as betel dew, plantain two combs, colorful loaves of bread, women’s clothing, and offerings. The next discussion was negotiating dowry, wedding shopping, and kekungan (bride’s favorite food).
In Betawi customs, applying for is an important determinant that is the beginning of the marriage to be held. Starting from the costs that must be prepared until the invitation to be entertained.
2 Tande broke up indicates that the girl or candidate none in law has been bound and can no longer be bothered by other parties, so does the man
Procession did not break up This is done by agreement of the two parties, usually in the form of rings, money and cakes. After that proceed with the determination dowry or dowry which is an indication of the prospective bridegroom to prepare the cost of the wedding reception.
Tande broke up means that the bride and groom are tied together and cannot be disturbed by the other party. After completion, prospective in-laws will prepare for the marriage ceremony. The event begins with caring for the bride-to-be called piare candidate none manten. This ritual begins with maintaining the health and beauty of the bride, usually interspersed with drinking godok and secang root herbal medicine.
3. Then proceed splash of water which means cleansing the bride and groom physically and mentally, splashed with recitation and rites tough
Equipment needed for the splash ceremony is usually in the form of kaffir lime leaves, fragrant pandanus, fragrant root, mangkokan leaves, lemongrass, etc. The splash of the bride-to-be is usually also accompanied by the readings of Shalawat Badar, and dzikir.
After that, the bride will be bathed to clean the scrubs that are still left behind, this ritual is called a ceremony Tough or Kum. In addition to being physically clean, a splash of water is also intended to cleanse the soul of bad thoughts so that when married later the mind and heart become clean and calm.
4 Grumpy or cut centung performed on the bride and groom with the aim of the bride always get blessing and safety
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Grumpy is a hair-shaving ritual performed in the bride’s bride’s room with some equipment. The material used is a 2 meter white cloth for the base, flower flowers, white water in a saucer with roses, censer, censer, shaver, two pieces of coins for the centung boundary, and betel.
Grumpy aiming to clean the hairs of the bride who grows on her forehead, this ritual is intended so that the bride will be blessed with blessings and safety.
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5. After whittling, eve girlfriend conducted on the night before the contract that aims to make women more attractive during the wedding later
Girlfriend’s Night is a ritual performed by piare worker (makeup artist) and attended by family and close friends of the bride. Some mandatory equipment in the form of henna leaves, baskets containing rice, herbs, plantains, betel lime salt, betel spices, Betawi typical rice cakes, and banana leaf base carved for hand pads. Giving a boyfriend guided by piare worker, followed by elders and close relatives of the bride and groom wearing thin makeup and encim kebaya dress.
6 Huddled is a ritual of entourage of grooms to the residence of the bride before the marriage ceremony
Huddled starting with the sound of firecrackers is an early sign that the groom’s entourage has arrived at the bride’s residence. The bridegroom usually carries sesingan in the form of pineapple betel, dowry, miniature mosque, a pair of crocodile bread, wedding cakes, pesalin, shie, some Betawi typical cake trays, and fruits placed in boat-shaped containers as a symbol that the couple can sail the ark of life.
7. After the contract, the ritual continues open the doorstop (passed the test to get a mooring heart) and puade (love the bride-to-be to men)
After making the contract at the bride’s residence, next is the procession open the doorstop which is the struggle of the bridegroom to face the bride’s messenger. This symbolic event was accompanied by silat and pantun attractions and the reading of blessings to the Prophet Muhammad.
Then the last one is puade, where the bride and groom sit and make up the thin clothes covering the bride. The groom gives betel dare then followed by a procession of worship and kiss the bride to the bridegroom. After that the bride and groom worship the two parents and cover with a bite of yellow rice as a sign the parents have released their daughter.
Those were some of the Betawi traditional processions and their meanings, most of which are still preserved today.
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