A Form of Gratitude for God’s Mercy Through West Java Traditional Ceremonies : RsudSuka

 A Series of  West Javanese Traditional  Ceremonies from Religion to Birth

West Java is a region that stores indigenous wealth. One of them is the West Javanese traditional ceremony. The traditional ceremonies that the state has are very diverse. Starting from religion, agriculture, birth and others. Cultural heritage continues to be protected by society to this day.

As a resident of West Java, it is a must to participate in the preservation of traditional ceremonies. However, for the people of other provinces, studying the cultural heritage of West Java is a form of love for the motherland.  The cultural heritage can also be used as an educational tourist destination.

Cultural tourism  not only educates  the Indonesian people, but can also attract  foreign tourists. Thanks to tourism, culture  can be introduced to everyone in the world. It is expected that the traditional ceremony  will be  known to the wider community  and thus its preservation will be maintained.

West Java Traditional Ceremony BertEma Religi

The number one traditional ceremony  with religious elements  is shura porridge. This activity  has nothing to do with Ashura Day, which  is often  referred to  as the day  of death of  Hussein,  one of the  Islamic figures. the  grandson of the Prophet Muhammad SAW, died in an incident in Karbala.

It was the  Cilacap  community of residents who organized the traditional ceremony of West Java with religious nuances.  The Islam tradition  is often associated  with  one of the Prophets, Noah  . In addition, it  is also linked to  Nyai Pohaci Sanghyang Sri  , the Goddess of  Fertility in the Javanese faith.

The tradition is  kept outside  the home of one of the  members of the  community m enyelakannya.   Pelaksanaannya  can also be found on the edge of  a  river,  field or certain place that residents want.  These activities  include many integrities,  from  offerings, art, sacred objects  to the means of  making porridge.

The next religious-themed Javanese traditional ceremony is the ngalungsur pusaka. The  religious ceremony led by the Juru kunci  is more commonly called kuncen. In this tradition, objects of the heritage of  the Holy Presenter Rohmat  were also introduced  . The object continues to be protected by local residents  .

In the series of ceremonial processes, participants can see  the process of washing heirloom objects. Participants can  get to know what and what the Sunan Rohmat Suci heritage looks like in their area  . These heirloom objects are a symbol of Sunan Rohmat Kudus’  struggle to spread Islam.

Hajj in the Context of West Java Traditional Ceremonies

The first traditional pilgrimage-shaped ceremony  is the rebo wekasan.   The pilgrimage was  usually  organized by residents around the Drajat River in Cirebon. The mode of activity is to visit the tomb of Sunan Kalijaga. The time of application is Wednesday, exactly the last week of the month of Shafar according to the Hijri calendar.

The elections held on Wednesday in the last week of the month of Shafar  have a certain meaning. The choice  was based on the idea that it was the best day to eliminate bad luck.  The  power that accompanies Rebo wekasan is also a rowing race. Usually the competition is held after the traditional ceremony is over.

The next pilgrimage-themedJavanese traditional ceremony is ngunjung or munjung. The name of this tradition is  the origin of the word  kunjung, which was to go on pilgrimage and pray   at the resting place of the ancestors  .   This tradition  symbolizes the gratitude  of the inhabitants for the favors received  so far.

Indrama, residents of Cirebon   and  its surroundings often keep these traditions in the graves of ancestors and religious figures who are respected or considered sacred. The purpose of tradition, of course, is to demand the salvation of life.    The Thanksgiving tradition  is usually done after the rice harvest.

In this tradition, regional arts are accompanied by wayang kulit performances and sketches. In addition, the   community also  offers a variety  of  specialty dishes, such as tumpeng rice and,  as  recommended,  other types of traditional cuisine.

A Form of Gratitude for God’s Mercy Through West Java Traditional Ceremonies

In addition to religious themes  , there  are also  various traditional ceremonies  held as a form of gratitude for the abundance of grace  in   subsistence from nature  . There are various community businesses that make a living in nature, from farming to sailing.  The community then ran  a tradition to thank nature  .

The first traditional ceremony  of the theme  was the sea feast.   The place of tradition  is in Pangandaran Ciamis and Pelabuhan Ratu, Sukabumi. It is also carried out in various coastal regions of West Java. Fishermen carrying votive offerings in the mat  aksanaanniya  used to  dip rcantik with various decorations before.

One of  the offerings in the tradition  is a buffalo head wrapped in a white cloth. This offer was submerged in the sea as a symbol of offering to the guardians of the sea and rejecting the hosts.  Tradition is held every year as a form of  gratitude and hope of salvation  in search  of sustenance at sea  .

The traditional ceremony of West Java  is ngalaksa as a  form of  gratitude for  the  next good of  the  creator. Unlike sea parties, which are usually held by fishermen, ngalaksa is organized by farmers.  This tradition is often  carried out by residents of Ranca Kalong district, Sumedang.

The process of applying ngalaksa is to transport the rice to the granary using  rengkong (long bamboo with holes usually used to transport rice  ). The event is in June. An interesting point  of the tradition  is the sound of rengkong music swinging while walking.

Ngalaksa  means the expression of  residents of the syukur  for the  success  of the harvest when  farming.  Society never forgets God’s role in life’s success. After obtaining favors during harvesting, the community always  performs ngalaksa  as a form of gratitude to the creator.

A Dat Ceremony West Java  Wedding Tradition Until Pregnancy

West Java has many traditional ceremonies. In fact,  there is not only 1 ceremony in weddings.  Among  the  ceremonies  at the wedding  is the neundeun speech. The tradition is to convey the intention of male parents to visit and practice to female parents in the context of friendship.

After that, ngalamar was carried out, a tradition in the form of visits of male parents to ask for the female. In tradition, wedding plans of the bride and groom were designed. Later, a ceremony was also held, which was the process of sending the groom-to-be to the woman’s parents to get married.

After a partner experiences a period of gestation, a tingkepan is performed.  The tradition  is carried out  after the wife  has been pregnant with her child for 7 months  . From the word Tingkep, Tingkepan has a closed meaning. The thing is that the future mother is forbidden to interfere with her husband within 40 days  after  birth.

The traditional West Java tingkepan ceremony  is usually filled with the reading and bathing of the pregnant mother. In this tradition, rujak kanistren, a rojak consisting of 7 types or types, is also offered.  The mother  will be bathed by the 7 closest family members by pouring seven flower juices.

  1. In the wash, an eel is placed until it touches the mother’s belly. Tradition is aimed at hoping for the safety of the baby in the womb. It is also a question of  protecting the health  of the  mother by reducing part of the work,  since the pregnancy period is large.

West Java has  several traditions that continue to be maintained and maintained  by the local community  . Almost every aspect of life is associated with traditions, from marriage, pregnancy, trying to make a living,  to  going on pilgrimage to honor ancestors.  Shura porridge, rebo wekasan and sea feasts are some examples of West Javanese traditional upacara.

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