Traditional Balinese Wedding Blessing Ceremony

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Balinese Hindu Wedding is a secret of Balinese Hindu Ceremony with unique and complicated procession. It is very important day for Balinese couple to commit together in their life with long wedding procession and now we design this wedding procession exclusively for you who are non Hindu just want to experience it. The procession itself will be executed at well appointed venues and we absolutely offer the best selection wedding venues in Bali. The wedding procession will be led by the Hindu Celebrant or Pemangku with Balinese offering to support the procession. All processions will be based on Balinese Hindu rituals those are completely your experience of Balinese Hindu Blessing Ceremony.

A Bali blessing is a spiritual ceremony that is part of our traditional custom consisting of purification, welcoming of good spirits and a final offering while the individual performing the ceremony chants mantras in ancient Sanskrit.

When you arrive, various offerings will be placed at the ceremony location where you will be sitting or kneeling. We will begin with incense to purify and cleanse the body, a ritual we perform regularly in Bali to cleanse our bodies and spirits. We are further purified using various offerings including the sprinkling of blessed water to purify the body. Water represents the flow of energy, or chi, and Bali has many sacred springs. During this ceremony, you are invited to receive the water over your head and body in what is referred to as a holy shower. After the holy shower, rice is then placed on the forehead for good fortune and prosperity and prayer, the waving of hands is in memory of your ancestors and the placement of pieces of thread on the body signify strength. The ceremony will finish with eating small portions of food for a happy and prosperous future.

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Here are the mandatory steps taken on a unique Balinese Wedding Blessing Ceremony:

1. The Mangku (priest) twinkles the bell to speak to the God (in Sanskrit mantra) that today a sacred wedding is about to be performed.

2. The bride and groom receive this Balinese dadap leaf, holy water, and burnt rice, which means purification and cleansing of the body and the spirit. The assistant priest then burns 3 stalks of bamboo on fire to symbolize the burning of any sinful past as individuals by the God Brahma (Batara Brahma).

3. The bride and groom receive holy water on their chests to purify and prepare their hearts for a blessed marriage.

4. The bride and groom receives coconut water on their heads using a palm leaf (3 times), and their hands to drink (3 times), and then on their hand to wipe on top of their heads (1 time).

5. Muspa- The bride and groom pray:

  • Putting both hands together and raise between eyebrows.
  • Muspa Puyung: Praying without holding flowers. This is to concentrate and centralize all the senses to ask Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa (the highest God) for purity of the soul.
  • The first Muspa: Holding flowers between the two hands and raising them between the eyebrows. This is to ask Dewa Surya (the God of the Sun) to share with us His compassionate radiance to the people of the world.
  • The second Muspa: Holding ‘Kwangen’ (little flower arrangement) between the two hands and raising them between the eyebrows. This is to ask the specific God of the Padmasana (this small tower/temple protecting the hotel) so that we will always be protected and safe.
  • The third Muspa: Using similar ‘Kwangen’ to pray to all the holy Gods and Goddesses to always give us happiness and health.
  • Muspa Puyung (similar to point b above): To show gratitude for everything that we have, every blessing of life that we have received until now.

 

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6. The wedding couple moves near the source of fire.

7. The assistant priest takes floral water using a coconut shell and pours on a bamboo cylinder, symbolizing straining all the past shadows of wrongdoings. The bride and groom then gurgle this water 3 times.

8. The couple stand and go around the offerings on the table (the groom in front and the bride behind him) 3 times.

9. Metimpug-timpung tipat gandhu- Throwing the ball made from palm leaves, to symbolize playful communication and a balanced cooperation between the bride and the groom.
10. Nues tikeh dadakan- The bride and groom tear green pandanus arrangement together to symbolize the opening a new door of life.

11. The bride and groom step on an empty coconut shell with an egg inside to leave their single lives and start a life together as parents.

12. Megat benang- The bride and groom cut a white thread together, symbolizing the entrance of a new life together.

13. Daksina- The bride carries a palm leaf arrangement with egg, rice, ancient coins symbolizing the nurturing wife who manages a harmonious home, and walks in front, while the groom walks behind the bride chasing her with thin, long bamboo stick (lidi), around the offerings 3 times, occasionally (playfully) hitting the wife with the thin long lidi symbolizing the guy as the head of the family who stirs the family in the rightful and prosperous direction.

14. The groom and bride sit down again and receive rice on the back of their palms. The priest brings a duck to kiss the forehead of the bride and groom 3 times and then lowers the duck to eat the rice from the hands (3 times). Same thing afterwards with a chicken. The duck and chicken are believed to be holy animals bringing prosperity to the couple, so that everything they do together thereafter would be fruitful and successful.

 15. The bride and groom then take whichever treat or fruit they want from the traditional fruit and cake tower, and feed a bite to each other to symbolize continuous caring and love between one another.

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Couples who are already legally married—or those who choose not to get married—can still experience a true Indonesian tradition with a Balinese blessing ceremony.

Performed by a celebrant and an assistant who guide the couple through the ceremony, the blessing takes approximately less than an hour, during which the celebrants pray for the couple’s safety, health and happiness.

Bali Hindu Blessing Ceremony is uniquely designed for everyone who wishes to experience on wedding procession based on Balinese blessing ceremony with beautiful ornaments and some offerings, write our reservation departments to booking@topindonesiaholidays.com

 

2 thoughts on “Traditional Balinese Wedding Blessing Ceremony

  1. FATIMA

    Hello!
    My husband and I are going to be married for 20 years and we would like to celebrate that date in Bali with a balinese blesing ceremony like the one you describe. We plan to hold it at the end of September, and we would like to know pricing and what is included. We would like it to be an intimate ceremony, to two, without guests, only with the needed participants

    I await your response
    Thank You

    Fátima

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