Weddings in the Indonesian Tidong community have traditions that are truly unique. Perhaps the most adorable of their customs is the one where the groom isn’t allowed to see the bride’s face until he sings her several love songs.
The curtain separating the couple is raised only after the musical requirement is met, and then they can see each other on a dais. But then again, not all the Tidong wedding rituals are this sweet.
The bride isn’t allowed to leave the confines of her home during the engagement period, and a groom who arrives late to the wedding needs to pay a fine (usually jewelry). But the weirdest of them all is this – the bride and the groom aren’t allowed to use the bathroom for three days after the wedding.
It sounds a lot like the newlywed couple are being punished for an unknown reason. How else would you explain being prohibited from leaving the house, clearing bowels or urinating for three whole days? But the custom is very normal and natural for the people of the Tidong tribe, who now inhabit the city of Sandakan, in Sabah, Malaysia.
They believe that not practicing the three-day and night ritual would bring terrible luck to the couple – a broken marriage, infidelity, or death of their children at a young age. So the couple is watched over by several people, and allowed only minimal amounts of food and drink. After the three days are up, they are bathed and then permitted to return to normal life.
Another important factor for the Suluk was perfect timing, and any bridegroom who arrived late would have to pay a fine, which usually took the form of a ring, he said. Before the marriage, the bridegroom is not allowed to see the face of the bride until he sings several love songs.
A curtain which separates them is then raised and the couple can then see each other on the dias. The ministry’s Secretary General Datuk Siti Azizah Abot, who represented Minister Datuk Seri Rais Yatim at the launch of the programme, said the programme would be extended to other states. – Bernama
Strange Wedding Tradition Forbids Newlyweds to Use the Bathroom for Three Days and NightsStrange Wedding Tradition Forbids Newlyweds to Use the Bathroom for Three Days and Nights