Ketut and Komang’s Wedding

Ketut works at the villa where I live and on 6th January 2012 he and Komang got married in their village up in the mountains.  It was lovely to be there and offer my congratulations to the happy couple.

Ketut and Komang on their wedding day

Ketut and Komang on their wedding day

Traditionally both the bride and groom wear special clothes, headdresses, make up and earrings.  Komang carried a basket which contained many small Balinese kue (cakes).  Ketut carried a garden implement (like a hoe) along with sugar cane over his shoulder from which hung a pot.  These represent the basic needs of life – being able to work the land with the hoe, growing produce such as cane, and being able to cook with the pot.

Some of the ceremonies were held in the temple, others took place on the street or inside the house in front of the offerings.

Ceremony before entering his family's house

Ceremony before entering his family’s house

Here the Mangku (holy man) uses flowers and holy water to bless the couple.

Komang got changed into other traditional clothes

Komang got changed into other traditional clothes

Doesn’t she look lovely.

Various materials are used as tarpaulins to protect guests from the rain at weddings.  Sometimes woven coconut leaves, but this time the large posters borrowed from Honda did a great job of keeping us dry.  The poster below was particularly appropriate as, if you look carefully, it says: One Heart

One heart

One heart

Ketut’s family and the wedding guests spoke little, or no, English but made me very welcome anyway as the only westerner there.

Me with the mother of the groom

Me with Ketut’s mother

The meal was wonderful and then they kept giving me more and more cakes – it was good to take a walk up to the temple after that.

Walking from the house to the temple

Walking from the house to the temple

Past the ducks and motorbikes the women carry offerings on their heads as they walk up to the old and yet stunning temple.

Temple

Temple

The priests and family gather for the ceremony and shelter from the rain at the same time.

Ceremony at the temple

Ceremony at the temple

Ketut and his father:

Ketut and his father

Ketut and his father

Here you can more clearly see the traditional Songket material (intricately patterned and woven with gold threads) that Ketut is wearing and he is also holding a Kris (like a special Balinese dagger in a wooden sheath).

Me with members of the family

Me with members of the family

I wish Ketut and Komang every happiness for the future and thank them and their families for making me so welcome on their Wedding Day.

Me with the newlyweds

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