Persandigan in Singapore - Then and Now
In the photos below shows relatives of wedding couple in the heartlands in Singapore help to prepare food for guest on 13 January, 2013.
This friendly 'makcik' in this photo told me that the ways done in the past in Singapore to prepare the food for the guests during 'persandigan' may have changed over the decades, she assured me that the 'secret recipe' for the traditional dishes are as delicious and tasty and as good as ever. She is right!
Here's a video "Gotong Royong masak nasi minyak persandingan Azreen & Azlina " on YouTube with thanks and acknowledgement to Kamaluddin Idrus. We share the video to see how the 'persandigan' for cooking in the kampong was done this way in the past.
This blog topic on "Persandigan in Singapore - Then and Now" is not all about food.
I attended the 'persandigan' of my neighbour Inche Mohammad Nor whose son, Mohammad Bashey and his new bride Syaza held the 'persandigan' ('wedding ceremony' translated in English) at the void deck of Block 124, Simei Street 1, Singapore.
|Inche Mohammad Nor and his wife|
Preparations for the 'persandigan'
Early in the morning, Muhammad Bashey was checking out the arrangements for the decorations, programs and other stuff for his "Big Day" for his wedding. Isn't he cool?
Arrival of Guests
Instant 'Polaroid' photos of the guests are taken and placed with the congratulatory messages are placed in the 'Guest Book' for fond memories of generations to remember in the modern way in Singapore. This was never possible done in the past before camera hi-tech 'thingy' was available.
The wedding was held at 2.30 pm when a charted bus arrived with the bride and bridegroom together with their entourage of the hand-held kompang drummers to the banquet hall.
When they arrived, the bride and bridegroom were invited for the bersanding ceremony.
The hari langsung, literally “the day of completion” , which also involves the bersanding or ceremonial seating on the dias, is considered the high point of a Malay wedding.
In the past...
|A couple at the 'persandingan' in Singapore in 1930s|
|A couple at the 'persandingan' in Singapore in 1950s|
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A few guests, friends and relatives greeted with a "silat pulut" performance (the Malay art of self-defense) to pay respect and well-wishes to the bride and bridegroom as a sign of blessing.
And all the time during the wedding day, the merriment of the day continues unabated. The guests and well-wishers, while feasting the special food and dishes, are treated by a live music band from the 'A's Entertainment', a professional event management company.
In the 1950s in Singapore ...
One of the most important concepts in Malay wedding is "the more the merrier". Every relative, neighbours, acquaintance, colleague or business partner could be invited to a wedding.
The families are truly honored by your attendance at a wedding, especially if you are a non-Muslim, your presence at the 'persandigan' show the multi-racial, multi-religious spirit of 'Unity in Diversity' in Singapore.
Family, relatives and friends file by to pay respects and offer congratulations for photographs with the newly-wed.
Congratulations and best wishes to Muhammad Bashey and Syaza on the blessed occasion of their wedding.
Related post contributed by my blogger friend Yeo Hong Eng to share us here . Thank you, Hong Eng