Majlis Istiadat Berinai Pengantin Diraja or Ceremony of Berpacar (Berinai) is held simultaneously at the bride’s house and the groom’s house. Usually it is held on the night before the wedding day. In the historical past the ceremony is carried on top of a platform or bedstead of the bride or groom. However due to changing circumstances and situation the ceremony has been adapted to suit prevailing condition, and is now performed at the Audience Hall or on the bridal dais placed in a suitable location in the house.On the day before the ceremony, the groom’s sit would sent to the bride’s side The essential goods needed for the occasion such as henna leaves, cutting knives with golden hill, a golden bowl, perfumes and scents. The bride’s side would reciprocate by sending over to the groom the same articles as above including sweetmeat and cakes and the like wrapped up in silat leaves, shapes into small thumb like sizes. All these items are placed in brass trays laced and decorated and carried by maids dressed in ceremonial attire and accompanied by several ladies of rank.This ceremony involves the staining of the hands of the bride and groom with henna leaves paste by designated personages, close relatives of the family including some religious dignitaries. These personage performed the ceremony in turn according to their social ranks and supervised by the Pengiran Penggawa. The ceremony is ended upon completion of the staining by all the designated personages. The Alat Kebesaran Diraja and perhiasan accompanying this ceremony is based on tile host’s social ranking, and is the same as in the Ceremony of berbedak Lulutan. For this ceremony the groom would be dressed in full Malay dress of bright yellow (like the yolk of an egg) colour, complete with head gear, dastar and rancong and in olden times also adorned with gelang penguluan (bangles) and geronchong (anklets). The bride would also be similarly dressed in full Malay bride’s attire of slightly lighter orangish yellow colour with golden thread inlaid, a pair of gelang penguluan and a pair of anklets.From time to time the mode of dress of the Royal wedding couple would be adapted to suit prevailing situation.
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