Malaysian Marriage History- The Wedding Makes his way To The Bride’s House

Each malaysian bridal tradition carries with it a profound significance and meaning. While they may never every remain practiced nowadays, it is important to remember that these rituals and ceremonies play a major role in the Malay person’s rich cultural heritage.

The Bridegroom Makes his way To The Bride’s House

Once the wedding has received permission to enter the bride’s residence from her wali or kismat, he will be accompanied by a kompang ( cymbal- conquering rally) adorned with bunga manggar, finger petals crafted of tinsel on bamboo poles that signify fertility and prosperity. His friends and family may also have bunga rampai, a melange of blossoms and pandan leaves that symbolize the couple’s blessings.

Before the groom is allowed to see his bride, he likely be stopped by relatives and friends who did issue him with things like as reciting pantuns, forking out money, dancing or singing. This is known as the hadang or gatecrashing festival. Upon successfully completing these challenges, the wedding will be granted permission to enter the bride’s house and get her mas kahwin, a enforced surprise that signifies his responsibility to provide for her and his new household.

Once he has entered the house, the groom will be welcomed with a makan bersanding where guests and members of both families will serve the newlyweds. This is a chance for the family to thank them for their hospitality as well as to offer their best wishes and blessings to the couple.