Wedding Culture of Banjarnese

Indonesia, also known as the Land of 1000 Islands, is rich in cultural diversity, including the Banjar tribe wedding traditions. Banjarnese wedding consists of a sequence of activities, each with significant meaning in terms of married life.

Other lives coexist with ours, and mutual respect for their presence is required. That is why, in this society, we honor our ancestors and strive to pass down culture from generation to generation.

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This marriage culture consists of:

  • Batapung tawar – The bride and groom will be splashed with water that is prayed for and given a little perfume. water is sprinkled using a brush that comes from banana leaves. This step is meant to get rid of tragedy.
  • Bamandi – mandi – The bride and groom are bathed in Mayang (unopened betel nut) water. symbolizes that the bride and groom have reached adulthood and to get rid of negative energy.
  • Basasumping Mayang – Mayang is placed on the ears of the bride and groom as a symbol that they are officially husband and wife.
  • Malingkang Babat – The bride and groom will step over the long black cloth that ancient people used as a corset to symbolize obstacles in married life. They will step forward and backward together, which means happiness and sadness in married life will be shared.
  • Batatai – It means sitting next to each other. The bride and groom will be seated next to each other and surrounded by candles and mirrors by elders.
  • Bazapin – It is not a mandatory part of the wedding because it is a folk party, but it will be exciting if it is held.
  • Baarak Naga – You can read about it here.
  • Bausung – The bride and groom are considered king and queen, so they cannot step on the ground. Bausung means to be carried. The bride and groom will be sitting on the shoulders of the family or the Kuda Gipang dancer and be carried to the aisle.

You can watch the full documentary about banjarnese traditional wedding below.

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