David's Bicycle Touring Home Stay
in Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
An Indian wedding in Parit Buntar
(Suresh Kumar weds Kali Thevi)
Malaysian Indian wedding ceremony in my house. This is my son
whole wedding ceremony would take days. I
lives in Parit Buntar, not far from Penang. The bride had to be
collected in Taiping, about 50 km away. A long row of cars went
to Taiping. However, the groom was not allowed to join.
bride had to be collected by me, David.
After arrival in Taiping at the house of the family of the bride
the women brought all kinds of sweets and fruits inside. These sweets are
carefully prepared and were put on the floor of the living room. A ceremony
started with a priest who spoke to both fathers and the bride and some offerings
Planting some Flowers in front house and a Pole for culture
all of the quests were offered some food. There wasn't too much
time because the bride had to be taken away before 6pm. This was
considered to be the best time and bring good luck to the future
marriage. The bride would be taken to relatives in Parit Buntar
since the marriage itself would happen the next day.
in my house were busy with hair and make-up the whole night. In
the morning we went to the hall where the
wedding would take place.
Family members going to collect the bride from Taiping for a
could not have been taken place in the original hall since the
roof has been blown off some weeks earlier. The replacement hall
however was also big and enough. After the
ceremony there would be a lunch. There were about 1200 people
ceremony started with the groom. Together with a friend they
went through a series of rituals. Vegetables, fruits, oil and
many other things were used. This part of the ceremony took some
time. Then the Suresh (my son) left the stage, it was literally a stage,
to make room for the bride who was now taken to the priest.
bride went through the same ceremony. At last groom and bride
came together at the stage where the final part of the ceremony
while all this happened, the lunch had started off. It was of
course all great Indian food. People were waiting in long rows
to collect their food. Once finished your lunch, you were
expected to make space for the newcomers.
Exchanging some gift from groom parents and bride parents
Inside the hall the ceremony was still going strong. There were
two musicians hired. One was blowing a horn, the other played
tabla. And it was very loud. How Suresh and his new wife could
hear the priest was a little miracle.
After the ceremony it was time to congratulate the happy couple.
Photos had to made and more photos were made. And it became that
there wasn't even enough food for the guests. The had quite some
more people showed up then expected.
It was time for a series of pictures
with friends and relatives. However, here's the picture I like
the best of that special afternoon for Suresh and his wife:
both families this was the first child to be married. And in
that case it had to be a big celebration. And you can believe
me, it was a big celebration. As I said, there were more then
1200 at the wedding itself. But at night the party at my
Many of my friends and Suresh's friends who had not been able to
attend the wedding showed up now. Most of these friends were
Chinese. They couldn't be there because the wedding took place
at the same moment as an important Chinese temple festival.
However, at night they were free and about 200 more people
showed up to congratulate Suresh and his new wed wife. But if
you think that was the end of the festivities, you're wrong. The
brides family too had a party for the friends and relatives who
couldn't attend the wedding itself. So the next day we moved to
Taiping where Suresh and his bride gave us a warm welcome.
Again, like at the wedding and at my house the food was
excellent. It was this night to we could eat meat. The first
days of the wedding procedures it is forbidden to eat meat for
the bride and groom but after the wedding meat is back on the
menu. At the bride's house we had excellent chicken and mutton
together with a spicy salad, dhal and vegetables.
I now was dressed in western clothes while his wife was
wearing another beautiful sari. I had stopped by that time to
count how many sari's she had changed but I still recognized how
beautiful she looked.
last picture I want to show you is Suresh Kumar and Kali Thevi
sitting like king and queen at the brides house.
Peter ,Mafia Boss and my brother Kana
All ladies in the hall to witness
My son, daughter in law and my wife
Sign at the entrants
can only say this was to me a life experience I would not have
wanted to miss. For all of you who have never experienced such