Learning More about Javanese Weddings
For young couples in Indonesia, a special way to celebrate a couple’s nuptials is a traditional Javanese wedding. Due to the country’s immensely rich culture, it’s impossible to pinpoint or cite a singular wedding ceremony as the quintessential Javanese wedding. You can expect Javanese wedding ceremonies to differ from place to place according to religion, personal preferences and beliefs.
What you have to remember when it comes to a Javanese wedding is that it’s not just a marriage of two individuals, but the joining of two families as well.
The Javanese Wedding
A direct translation of the word “Siraman” leads to the English definition “to bathe.” A couple participating in this type of ritual must first cleanse not just their bodies but also their souls from impurities. A ritual like the Siraman may take an entire afternoon before the couple can be pronounced as properly cleansed
During this ritual, the couple is also asked to give an offering or the Sajen. The Sajen is a request of the couple to the Creator to have their ancestors remember them and bless their union before the actual wedding ceremony.
Javanese Wedding Attire
The kebaya is a traditional blouse worn by women from Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Made almost completely from sheer and diaphanous materials, the kebaya is usually worn with a batik sarong or a songket.
Planning a Javanese Wedding
Planning any type of wedding is never an easy affair. The important thing to remember when planning a Javanese wedding is to find the right rituals that will work best with the couple’s personal beliefs and preferences.
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