Last Saturday, I attended my driver’s son wedding at Hulu Klang. Usually in Malay weddings, they will hold two receptions; one at the bride's house and another one at the groom's side. As this was the bridegroom's turn to have the reception, a whole group of us went to support him.
Once we had arrived, we were greeted by the host in nice Malay attires.
The food was served buffet style so everyone can help themselves to what they want. Most of the malay guests eat rice the traditional way, i.e. with their hands.
This particular teapot set, which is called kendi in Malay, contains clean water with which people use to wash their fingers prior to and after eating. (Please don't pour the water into a glass to drink; you'd look really silly doing that!) ; the base is supposed to catch all the used water.
When the kendi base is already full, the dirty water will be thrown out and fresh water is once again filled into the kendi teapots.
It was time for a walking procession to the bridegroom's house. It was just a few minutes walk but the groom who is also known as "raja sehari" (Malay for the king for the day) was escorted to the house under a yellow umbrella and bearers of bungga manggar (the decorative flowers at the side). Sounds of the kompang (drums being beaten) heralded the arrival of the groom. The bride greeted him with a kiss on his hand and they were led away to the bersanding ceremony.
It was time for the bersanding ceremony, where the groom and bride would sit on the pelamin (Malay for dais) that was specially prepared and decorated. They were attended by two relatives who fan them while the sit in state looking like a king and queen for the day. See those nicely decorated flowers at the bottom of their feet. Those are the bunga telur (Malay for flower egg), which is traditionally given out to those who bless the happy couple.Guests will bless the happy couple with a sprinkling of petals and scented water.
Here's the pic we took wif our driver.
Attending malay wedding really opened my eyes. ^^
The one and only; (Jane)
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