The Javanese Wedding

Listen To Your Gamelan

Gamelan Jawa - Pangkur Nyamat...

Monday, March 7, 2011


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Siraman has finished. Now the bride and the groom may taking their shower and prepare for Midodareni or bachelorette and bachelor party for Javanese people.

While waiting the Bride to look perfect in the evening. All the guest in the Bride's home were entertained with a small show from the Bride parents. They are selling "dawet" a sweet dessert consist of coconut milk, a worm-like jelly made from rice flour with green food coloring (usually derived from the pandan leaf), shaved ice and palm sugar. Next to these basic recipe, other ingredients such as jack fruit and tapai or traditional fermented cassava might be included.

In the show, the Mother will act as a "dawet" seller, and father will help her to prepare and shade her with the umbrella. The guest will pay with a "kreweng" which made of piece terracotta roof tile. Father will receive the payment and give it to the mother. Part of family member, younger sister could help to distribute "kreweng" to every guest for pay for dawet prior they center around the sweet tasteful drink.

The meaning of this show is actually very deep, it showing the bride how is a couple cooperating in selling dawet to earn their living. Payment with kreweng which come from terracotta shows that our live is coming from the earth. Dawet which sold also giving expectation that the couple to be will have a big fortune and live a sweet life as if dawet.