To be married with someone you love in a very special way should be a special event and held in a very exotic place. Which is why many westerners have been choosing Bali as their place to get married. It has romance, mysticism and a unique culture. Balinese Wedding Ceremony is a unique wedding procession based on Balinese Hindu rituals.
Balinese Hindu Wedding Ceremony is unforgettable momentum for the human being where the procession is followed by Hindu rituals, custom regulation and the perfect day based on Balinese Hindu Calendar. A marriage couple will use the beautiful uniforms which are all adapted from the local during the procession. For Balinese, especially for Balinese Hindu, their wedding is one of the most important things in their life as the wedding ceremony is a sign or an announcement that he or she is to begin a new level of life by leaving the Brahmacari stage.
Balinese Hindu Wedding Ceremony proses begins with :
When people get married in Bali, the man takes responsibility as a member of society. He gets the right to speak at a Banjar (the community body) meeting and must take on social duties, such as attending the temple ceremonies and taking part in the community activities. In this way other members of the Banjar will come to recognize him as an adult and he will have the opportunity to take on more responsibility in the Banjar.
A couple's marriage will not be acknowledged in the society if it is carried out without a traditional sacred ceremony according to the Hindu religious beliefs. In addition, the couple will be excommunicated from their village.
The morning after the proposal or elopement, a priest performs a simple ceremony called "mekala - kalaan", which is similar to a small civil wedding in the west. It is a very private affair and the couple wears only the simplest of traditional Balinese clothes. Then they are legally married.
Often the family of the boy will put on a more elaborate, formal Balinese Wedding Ceremony in which everyone dresses up in traditional Balinese clothing and a priest presides. The boy generally has a reception for friends of the couple who were not invited to the traditional ceremony. The reception is strictly western style.
Three days after the wedding procession, the family of the boy visit the family of the girl, at whose house the "Ketipat Bantal" ceremony is performed. At this ceremony, the two families become united.
Mantras are chanted and offerings given in order to purify the sperm and the egg in the hopes that the two will be free from the influence of evil and demons will not interfere in the formation of the embryo.
Years ago in the days of Bali's kingdoms, the marriage system was very strict. Only couples from the same caste were allowed to marry, in order to maintain the purity of the caste system. Anyone braking these marriage rules was banished from their village and often sent out into the jungle for the rest of their days. These days, however, while still very much respected, the caste system no longer holds such an iron-like grip over the Balinese and greater flexibility is permitted.