While all the other ceremonies performed in a Malay wedding before the Akad Nikah and after it may be considered as derived from the traditional culture of the Malays, and may even be omitted the Akad Nikah is an Islamic ceremony without which no marriage is valid.
There are more than I thought so bear with me. All info is from a mixture of my own knowledge, the internet but mostly from my mother who is culturally inclined because she grew up while all these practices are still dominant.
Examples can be found here. Gifts include, a ring, cake, fruits and a proposed dowry but in denominations of tens.
Usually poems are exchanged too with a declaration to propose to the lady in question. To each its own. Flowers are dismembered, mixed with scented oils or lime juice and water. This bath usually done the night before the solemnization.
It is supposedly best to bathe at midnight. This ritual is supposed to disperse bad luck and ward off bad spirits. But a normal flower bath without recitations can be done to give the BTB a flowery scent. Think it as a major perfume shower before the wedding.
As this is also heavily practiced by Hindus but in more elaborate designs, Malays eventually follow suit. I touched base a little on this in an old post. Think it as a party with food, drinks and entertainment. Regardless whatever ceremony which includes a wedding, everyone would help 1 or 2 days before the wedding; preparing ingredients, cooking and setting up the wedding.
Food is usually served on that day to accommodate and a way of saying thanks. They are not exclusive to solemnization only but also circumcision ceremonies, engagement etc.
It is basically made of several types of flowers and pandan leaves which are thinly sliced and mixed with perfumed water such as jasmine, rosewater or whichever is preferred. It does not have a great meaning behind but just to fill the ceremony with a flowery fragrance.
A modern version of it is potpourri although its fragrance is not known to last long. This is to beautify the face. This is an uncommon practice as far as I know. I have plenty of baby hair and I would be devastated if someone trimmed it!
And yes, you read the 2nd part right, grinding of teeth. It does sound very tribal but once a upon a time, people do this for those who does not have straight teeth along with shining the teeth so that the BTB will look presentable.
Now, additional wedding gifts and dowry are expected. Bride and groom is officially married after this ceremony. Thus, she has the will to dispose of it as she wishes.
The number of trays exchanged can be from 3 to Average number is 8. Both not just the lady. Depending to the social life and budget of the bride and groom, a wedding can have to people.
It is usually betel nut leaves shaped into a cone with flowers. Superstition believes that if the groom accidentally drop it, it perceives as bad luck.
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