By Michael Lyons —
Weddings in Indonesia are different than in the U.S. With so many different cultures, they each demonstrate a different tradition, making them unique. But, with all that diversity, there are still many things in common.
They are a celebration, social event, and marriage commitment . Even for the less affluent, they are lavish. All are colorful and the sounds of ethnic music fill the air. The most lavish I’ve witnessed are sumatra weddings—I’ve been to two.
We have attended more than one neighborhood wedding, the one today being the most recent. Two houses on both sides of the street, a small alley around the corner from our house were used for the Javanese celebration. Canopies made of fabric crisscrossed the street, which is probably no wider than 10’. The houses are seldom more than 5’ from the street.
The food was typical Indonesian and plentiful. I enjoyed meeting and greeting neighbors and getting more familiar with the neighborhood. They are good people—though not well-off, they certainly are happy.
The photos here are from four different weddings.