(Freshia Green Siraman Ceremony for our client few months ago)
Siraman means to take a bath for the couple in the Javanese wedding ritual, it means to become clean their bodies as well as their souls. The Siraman ceremony is usually organized in the afternoon, one day before the ‘Ijab’ and ‘Panggih’ rituals. Siraman of the would be bride is conducted in her parents residence. For the would be bridegroom, it is conducted in his parents residence. The place of the Siraman is usually in the family bathroom or in a place specially designed for this purpose (garden). Nowadays the second alternative is more common. The list of persons bathing the couple is important too. Besides the parents, some elderly and distinguished women are invited. They are selected on their good moral behaviour. The number of people giving Siraman is usually limited to seven. Seven in Javanese is ‘Pitu’, so they are giving ‘Pitulungan’ (help).
Ugo Rampe, this is several items have to be prepared for Siraman Wedding Ceremony.
- Setaman flowers (roses, jasmine, magnolia and cananga) to be put in the water;
- Five colourful powder (functioning as soap);
- Traditional shampoo and conditioner (ashes of rice straw, coconut milk and tamarind juice);
- Two coconuts, tied up together, to be used as a water dipper (in Indonesian called ‘gayung’);
- A small chair (first photo), covered with: old mat, white cloth, several kind of plant leaves, dlingo benglé herbs (plant used in medicines), four patterns of bango tulak cloths, lurik (striped woven materials with Yuyu Sekandang and Pula Watu pattern);
- White cotton cloth to be worn during Siraman;
- Batik cloth of Grompol and Nagasari pattern;
- Kendi (earthenware flask with a neck and a spout).
The family of the would-be-bride should send an envoy to the family of the would be bridegroom, bringing a small bowl of water and flowers. This holy water, called Banyu Suci Perwitosari (symbolising the essence of life) should be poured in the water in the bridegroom’s house.
The execution of Siraman:
The would be bride/bridegroom comes from her/his room accompanied by the parents. She/he is escorted to the place of Siraman. Some people walk behind them, carrying a tray of batik cloths, towels, etc. She/he is seated on the chair and the prayer is offered. The first person to bath her/him is the father. After him comes the mother. After that, other (usually older and respected) people can do the ritual.
She/he sits, with both hands in front of the chest, in praying position. They pour water on her/his hands and she/he rinses the mouth three times. Then, they pour water on the head, face, ears, neck, hands and feet three times each. The last person to bath her/him is the Pemaes or a special person assigned. She uses the traditional shampoo and powder to clean her/him. When the Kendi is empty, the Pemaes or the person assigned breaks the kendi on the floor saying: “Wis Pecah Pamore”, the meaning that she/he is handsome (beautiful is a grown-up now, ready to get married).