(Spreading rice on to the wedding couple)
It is the heritage of the Sundanese tradition that has been existing through ages.
The Sawer ceremony is related to belief of the ancestor in accompanying the ritual of a ceremony, especially in a marriage.
This traditional ceremony is held soon after the wedding couple is blessed by the parents. They are seated in front of the house, surrounded by audience.
The “Sawer” is usually conducted by a person who recites the lyrics of Sawer Songs.
The parents from both side of the bride and the groom bring a brass bowl or ceramic, contains rice, slices of turmeric, coins, or added with many other things in which every of them symbolizes; such as rice is meant food for life, slices of turmeric for happiness and togetherness and coins for welfare. Those are the hopes that everyone can attained during the lifetime as the basic survival.
The conductor recites verse to verse of the “siraman” song containing sermon and counsel for the wedding couple as a provision how to manage the family properly followed by the parents spreading the mix of rice, slices of turmeric and coins over the bride and groom in every end of the verse recited till end. All lyrics sung in old Sundanese language in the rhythm of the sacred song.
Behind the wedding couple everyone grabs the coin before touching the ground or picks them up from the ground when missed.
to be continued … part 4