Minggu, Agustus 29, 2004

Betawi Marriage

Last Friday, I visited another wedding invitation. But, this time, the occasion was still held in Jakarta. It took place at multipurpose hall of an Islamic boarding school near the resident of former Indonesian President's Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) in Ciganjur, South Jakarta.

There are two main reasons why the wedding was quite special. First, both the groom and bride were my school-mates. Even though I met with the groom two times last month before the marriage I had never met with the bride since I graduated from Junior High School. Thus I really miss them. And the last, both are the real-native Jakartans or 'Orang Betawi Asli'. Certainly, the marriage was held using Betawi custom. And I am always happy to see and feel the aura of Betawi tradition. In my opinion, since Jakarta becomes the Capital City of Indonesia, the custom, tradition, and culture of Betawi are gradually extinct.

On one hand, the nuptial agreement was held on Friday morning. On the other hand, Friday is the day that people regularly go to the office. Therefore it was impossible for me to follow all the processes of Betawi wedding ceremony. I only caught up the reception or party in the afternoon. So I couldn't tell the complete story of Betawi marriage processes. However you can read this Indonesian-written article about the Betawi marriage. I apologize that I haven't got the English version.

Okay, here are some pictures I took during the reception.

The groom and bride wearing traditional Betawi dresses

I don't have pretty good knowledge about dress, design, and style. But, in my humble opinion, I really like the red dresses they wore. Absolutely beautiful, glamorous, and full of complicated motif.

Notice the furniture behind them! So Betawi nuance, unique, and ethnic I think. It reminds me the old days of Betawi. Before I moved to my current home at Depok, West Java, I used to stay in a place where there were lots of Betawi people lived. Some kind of nostalgia though.

A local band performing Qasidah and Arabic songs

As well as Dangdut and Jaipongan in Sundanese Wedding party, Betawi marriage also has an entertaining performance. It has a female-singer band. They performed some Arabic songs and Qasidah (dangdut-like music but more religious). The music instruments were minimalist and simple. There were only a flute, a keyboard, a guitar, and no drum. However, I loved the Arabic songs they played. That's why I think the band was pretty cool. Most of the Arabic songs' lyrics I heard were about love. Deep love of their beloved couple based on God. There is no pure love unless the love of God that is eternity and immortal. I understand a bit of Arabic language though :)

What are they talking about to each of their mother in law? :D

So that's the short and incomplete story of another Indonesian marriage which full of color, tradition, custom. I hope it could describe few of diversities of Indonesian culture.

Rabu, Agustus 25, 2004

Sundanese Marriage

Within this month, I went abroad Jakarta twice to visit my families' weeding parties. Both were held in Ciawi and Majalengka using Sundanese custom and tradition. Indeed my mom is Sundanese.

As we know the tradition in Indonesia, most couples who are having wedding tend to include some particular ceremony and certain entertainment according to their custom, culture, and tradition. Even for those who already leave their home land or kampung halaman, they keep it. No wonder, every time I visit wedding receptions in Jakarta, I could easily feel the aura of 'Sundanese', 'Javanese', 'Batak', 'Minangkabau', and so on. Unfortunately, the aura of cosmopolitan live-style could still be felt. The reception is usually held in certain place and at certain time. I think simplicity and convenience make City Nurhaliza ups.. sorry :D , most citizens tend to do so.

For short then, the Sundanese marriage consists of four processes which could take two or three days, I think Javanese do the similar processes. There are: purification process (usually siraman), nuptial agreement (akad nikah), traditional Sundanese ceremonies, and the reception or party for friends and relatives. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take all the parts. I missed the purification process.

Okay then, I was lucky to be in part of their wedding committee, became a photographer though. So I could record everything I found interesting from the beginning to the end of ceremony. Since we always take photos of persons posing their best style, I almost forgot my task to perpetuate photos of families, relatives, and friends. They do not seem interested to be perpetuated, do they? :D

Here are some pictures I took during my cousin's weeding in Ciawi

After the nuptial agreement or Akad Nikah

The groom and bride were shy being shouted by their relatives and friends

What a happy couple :)

Jaipong Dancer is performing "Jaipongan"

And here are some other pictures I took during my auntie's wedding in Majalengka.

Diesel machine used to generate electricity

Work hard for the food

The groom was being guarded

The dancers welcomed the groom and his relatives

Also after the nuptial agreement. Both looked so overstrung didn't they?

Dangdut time... :D Yee haa, let's move our body.

Those are my relatives and single. Which one do you like?

Senin, Agustus 23, 2004

Hello World!

So far I do enjoy reading blogs. I learn something fresh, special, and new about ideas, thoughts, journeys, customs, ideology, and even some fun and entertain stuffs. It's been quite a long having this "Do I really need to owe a blog?" on my mind, though. I was thinking, "Is there anything worth and useful to share with by blogging?" It is this "Why don't you just write some simple stuffs that you find interesting? It does not have to be in advance, right?" which comes across in my mind. Bingo! That's the reason I have been looking for! Something simple that is written well could be fun, entertain, and useful though.

So let me start this blog by saying "Hello World :)"