Wayan and Candra’s wedding

Wayan, who used to work where I live, and Candra, his girlfriend for five years, got married on 16 April, an auspicious day for weddings.  I was invited to both the wedding day and the party, which was held the following afternoon.

Wayan and Candra - just look at the beautiful costumes

Wayan and Candra – just look at the beautiful costumes

At the wedding the couple, and their immediate family, had ceremonies in different locations – which all the guests went along to as well.

We started off in Wayan’s family house where I was warmly welcomed, as the only westerner, and given refreshments while the wedding was actually happening.

Then we all got into various forms of transport (cars, motor bikes and open trucks!) and visited Candra’s family compound a few miles away for more refreshments and rituals.

Ladies on the way to the next ceremony

Ladies on the way to the next ceremony

I was privileged to join the happy couple in their car on the way to her house and on the way back to Wayan’s village I sat in the front of one of the trucks (although secretly I wanted to go in the back of the truck with all the other ladies!)

Back at Wayan’s village we all walked through the narrow streets to visit different family compounds for more praying and rituals… one of these houses was where Wayan was born.

Feeding each other from the basket of love

Feeding each other from the basket of love

One part of the ceremony, at each location, is for the bride and groom to feed each other from a basket of food, which is a beautiful symbolic ritual.

Finally we ended up at the main Temple in the village which nestles below the trees on the hillside.

Outside the temple entrance

Outside the temple entrance

As it was daytime, it looked very different from the last time I went there – which was at night for a major ceremony (odalan) for the anniversary of the village.

As we returned to Wayan’s house, where the couple will live together in his family compound, I found my hand being held by Shirley.  She’s a cute four year old who has adopted the western name of the owner of the house I currently live in.

Shirley also sat next to me during the wedding feast of typically delicious Balinese cuisine.  This included a cup of cooked trunk of the banana tree, called Ares (delicious) and sate, pork, rice with spicy sambal etc.

The happy couple

The happy couple

I seemed to attract quite a bit of attention as I don’t think many of the guests had seen a westerner successfully eat Balinese style before – by that I mean eating with the fingers of your right hand – no cutlery in sight.

Balinese brides wear multi-coloured traditional dress, so it's ok that I wear white

Balinese brides wear multi-coloured traditional dress, so it’s ok that I wear white

Oh, in case you were wondering, the answer is ‘yes’ – that headdress that Candra is wearing is heavy.

The photo below shows some of the ornate decorations that adorn the households of many wedding celebrations.

The particularly colourful one behind me and Wayan is made of rice and if you want to know what the other one is made from… just ask me.

It was a beautiful day and I wish Wayan and Candra every happiness in their married life.

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  1. iwayan polih

     /  13/05/2012

    thank you so much for picture julie, how are you in ubud?

  2. I love the fabulous fabrics that constitute their wedding attire. The traditions are beautiful, and so is the couple!

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