Tuesday, May 30, 2006
A baby born, a couple wed and a soul go to heaven...happening together as we speak. While Yogyakarta is crying, happiness filled these couple's hearts. This is a Javanese wedding ritual called 'sungkeman'. Where the bride and groom kneel down and express their gratitudes to the parents. It is in our culture to stay with our parents until we get married. The sungkeman ritual is usually very touching because it is a symbolic moment which shows that the parents need to let the children live their own lives. Unlike the parents, I'm sure the young couples are actually quite thrilled for the fact, but still... some of them cry. Cry of joy perhaps :) People of Yogyakarta also used sungkeman to show respect to their Sultan.
And by way of this picture, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who have given so many emotional supports and kind thoughts for Indonesia and Yogyakarta in particular. Thank you so much for all your prayers.