Perhaps some of you, who are not Bataks, wonder what is “Batak Traditional Wedding Ceremony” in the ‘When & Where‘ page.
Well, I might not be an expert about this, but I can tell you it’s very complicated. :-) Why?
First, it will take time about 6 hours (that’s the best estimate. Usually it could take up until 7 hours). Why does it take so long? Because it involves plenty of parties that are related to the big families of the bride and the groom. As you might have heard, Batak tradition has three main parties: hulahula (the wife/mother’s side of family), boru (the husband/s of the man/father’s sisters’ family), and dongan tubu (the father’s brothers). Ah, these main three are already complicated, aren’t they? In the wedding, the ‘hulahula’, ‘boru’, and ‘dongan tubu’ are extended to the father’s father’s level, ie. the groom’s and the bride’s grandparents.
Second, all of the parties must be given time to give their say. Neither of them shall be left behind. You can imagine, if each of them is given 10 minutes, for example, it can take 3x2x2x10 = 120 minutes, that is 2 hours. Plus 1 hour wedding’s procession, 1 hour lunch and 2 hours dancing. So, the total time is 6 hours.
Tiring? Yes. But the next question would be: why do Batak people keep doing this tiring (maybe economists would use the word ‘inefficient’) tradition?
I’ll leave it there for the next post! :-)