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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wedding in Indonesia

This is a wedding I attended in Indonesia. I'm dressed in the lacy white jilbab. My host mother is in orange and that's our front porch. (I know, I live in an upscale place! Better than what I had at home!) My host father is sitting next to her in my living room. And her daughter and husband are the couple standing with her outside the wedding tent. The older woman in yellow holding my hand is an extended family member who raises koi (decorative oriental fish) and I'm pretty sure I randomly met her before this wedding. It felt like it was over 100 degrees and humidity at the maximum, but there really is no way of telling. Thought you might like to contrast this with the nice cool dresses the women were wearing at my son's wedding in America. The bride and groom here are dressed in green. For weddings in Indonesia you block off the street in front of your home, set up a big tent and play loud music from early in the morning till late at night and lots of people come over and eat food, which your family prepared weeks in advance. People file by the wedding couple and get their picture taken and leave an envelope with money in. And family and friends hang out and gab. I got a nice pottery napkin holder to take home as a party favor and a decorated container with cookies. For formal photos people do not smile. I had to specifically ask for smiles the few times I got them and I think they were laughing because the idea of smiling was so strange!

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