Pengotan Mass Wedding
Bangli will be missed when people mention the most attractive tourism area in Bali. But Bangli keep very well the custom inherited by their ancestors. One of them is mass wedding which is usually held in Pengotan village, 17 km drive to the north from Bangli’s hub.
This mass wedding is always held twice a year in Sasih Kapat and Kadasa (the name of the months in Balinese calendar). Pengotan community believes that this moment is the right moment to hold wedding ceremony. All couples from this village are invited to join the mass ceremony. Each couple only needs to pay IDR 200.000 to get married customarily. It is inexpensive comparing to the personal customary wedding in which a couple can spare a million or more.
The process starts when the headman announces that Pekandelan (mass wedding) will be held on a specific day. This message will be forwarded to the community and the committee will list the couple who would join the ceremony. 3 days before the core day, the committee will inform to the couples to deliver canang sedah symbolizing the sincerity. In the morning, on the core day, the committee announces the name of the couples followed by bhakti pekandelan (praying) to legalize the customary wedding.
All the procession of mass wedding in Pengotan village is accompanied by traditional song named Kidung. For those who know well this kidung, they admit that this song containing a valuable message. This kidung give the couples a description of married life; it is happy but people should be careful with the problems. For this reasons for all couples they need to prepare themselves economically, spiritually, and socially before getting married. What a wonderful song!
No wonder, Pengotan community is proud if this mass wedding. Meanwhile the headman, I Wayan Kopok, promised to keep this heritage.
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