Friday, December 23, 2005

And then there were three Part 2 - The Loot

Attending a wedding also mean acquiring certain items, which may or may not have any use, disguised as tokens of appreciation. And having a close relation with the one who held the wedding mean you get to have moreof these things that may or may not have any use.

Behold...
















From top then left to right...
1. (The green one) For those who 'renjis' [bless] the couple during majlis berinai which was held right after the akad nikah.
2. (The yellow one) For those who was seated at the main table during the wedding reception which was held the day after the akad.
3. For those who 'renjis' during the wedding reception.
4. Acquired from the 'hantaran' [gifts] from the bride to the groom.
5. One of the 'hantaran'. There was a bouquet of this.
6. For family members of the groom who came to the wedding reception.
7. I don't remember how we got this one Image hosted by Photobucket.com.

I never really cared about these stuff unless it's something different or something that I can actually use. My mother would normally keep them until she got sick of the space they took and ended up throwing them away.

However, this time around yours truly decided that she will keep 2 of them i.e. nos. 4 and 6 because they are potpourri and they look kinda nice. And I loooove no. 3 (on the far left) because the flowers were made off pinang, kapur and gambir, something that I've never seen before. Very traditional. In this modern times I always love a touch of tradition. Here's a close-up and some guides if you don't know what I'm talking about.
I don't know their names in English but they do have a role in weddings, which I don't really know either. But we usually put them in the Tepak Sirih. They can be chewed together with sirih leaves kind of like tobacco. In the olden days the representative of the groom will bring the tepak filled with sirih, kapur, gambir and pinang to the girl's house. Both families would then discuss the wedding over a few sirih leaves. People don't chew sirih nowadays so I think it's just symbolic in Malay weddings.

For those who were not so closely related to the families involved would of course get something too. Guests who came to the bride's wedding reception still get their loot though not as many as I've showcased here. We, the groom's family members, would still get these in addition to those that I've shown earlier Image hosted by Photobucket.com.

For the ladies...
Yes! A bag. I certainly can use that. But what's this? There's something inside...


















Sweets (already opened because I ate one at the ceremony) and.... drum rolls please....

a big slab of DODOL!
I could definitely use that!



There's something for the guys too, though it was not as big as the bag...

And there's something inside these too...






More DODOL!

Hehehe....

And they were very nice too...

4 comments:

Desparil said...

i got some dodol just before raya from one of our vendors. tak sentuh lagi. nak? no idea if it's still good or not..

Kampung Gal said...

erm... does it have any living things on it? if not... bring it on!

cikPijah said...

i can totally relate to how moms love to keep all these.. got a hse full of them all collecting dust only! i like the bekas mengkuang for guys. gud for storing duit tol!

Oreos said...

wishing you a smashing new year!!