Friday, December 23, 2011

Wedding Month...Selamat Pengantin Baru

The posting was written in December and since our weekends were so occupied we did not have the chance to post this article. In fact, there were so many postings written but left unpublished. Now only we could sit down and start releasing the posting one by one. So, here goes our December stories.

Year end is here and the school session for 2011 has ended. That means school holidays and school holidays means time for people to wed. This year our weekends are fully booked with wedding invitations! It started even before the school closed on 11 November 2011. Everyone wanted to get married on 11.11.11 eventhough it is on a weekday, friday.

My cousin, Irwena did not miss the chance to join the crowd and was married to Pudin on 11.11.11 and had their weddings ceremony on 26 November 2011. we did not attend the "akad nikah" ceremony since it was on friday and we both couldn't take leave. We attended the "bersanding" ceremony on 26 November 2011 which was held at Dewan Serbaguna Kompleks Pejabat Daerah/Tanah, Klang. The hall was decorated so beautifully with pink and white as the theme colour. The Parit Buntar clans were there to celebrate the joyous occassion with Pudin and Wena. To both of you, may Allah swt bless you.

That same night we attended another wedding, this time is Abah's side, his cousin's son, Gafil. This time it is more formal since it is held in the Ballroom of Hilton KL Sentral. What can I say, the "pelamin" is just awesome, all white with a touch of blue. We were entertained by a band from Tentera Darat. That reminds me of Norshila Amin from OTD famous with her famous song "Kad Ucapan" and "Rambu Ramba". The selection of songs and their voices made the whole occassion just perfect. At the end, they sang from the advert "Adabi" and we truly enjoyed that. If you don't recall the lyrics, it's "Adabi, melazatkan, Adabi menyelerakan..." The wedding went on so smoothly except that the wedding planner tried to share the limelight with the couple. Tok Abah and Tok Mama was one of the VIP couple to be given the opportunity to "Merenjis" and dined together with the Pengantin. I dare not think about the cost spent to hold a wedding ceremony in this type of place. If you can afford it why not. We are just honoured to be invited. To Gafil and Aalia, may Allah bless your marriage and guide you both in the right path.

Next is another cousin's wedding and this time it is outside KL and in Parit Buntar. The second week of the school holidays on 2 and 3 December 2011. We arrived in Parit Buntar on the 3rd and missed the akad nikah. We were told that the ceremony was filled with laughter since Barry, the groom recited his akad in malay and was practising hard since he is a Scottish. We checked in at Melor Inn to refresh and proceeded to Pak Su's house to meet with the groom's entourage. Barry's parents, brother, uncle and friends came to accompany him and we entertained them and served them with our traditional delicacies. Later, when we received the signal that the bride is ready, we left the house accompanied by more than 10 old scooters. When we reached there, a group of boys from the St John alumni were ready to play the bagpipe and ushered us to the house. The whole set up was just lovely. The "pelamin" was gorgeous and was transported all the way from KL. Barry's entourage was so impressed with the whole ceremony and enjoyed every bit from the "merenjis" ceremony, "makan beradab" and the cake cutting. They even dance the Scottish traditional song played by the bagpipe. The whole ceremony went as planned and of course Abah did not waste the opportunity to sing and entertain the guests. To both Wanie and Barry, "Selamat Pengantin Baru. Semoga kekal ke anak cucu".

The next week, on 10 December 2011, again we traveled up north. This time to Bukit Mertajam for Abah's cousin engagement. We stayed overnight at Ayah Su's house with Tok Abah, Tok Mama, Pak Su and Pak Ngah's family. The next morning, we helped Mak Su preparing for the ceremony. Ibu was asked to do the "Sireh Junjung" for both sides and was not prepared. Luckily Mak Ngah was there to help and we managed to get all the "hantaran" ready. Abah was tasked to be the mediator for the ceremony and he was well prepared for that. He goggled on how to conduct the engagement ceremony according to Islam and not so much of Adat. Engagement ceremony these days have changed so much that you won't be able to differentiate between the bride getting married and getting engaged. Anyway, congratulation to both Wani and Hafiz. InsyaAllah, we will be back to Bukit Mertajam come June next year for your wedding.

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