This ceremony is usually held during the day in a gathering at the girl’s house. It is held to formally certify the bethrothal of the man to the girl. The Perhiasan accompanying the man’s delegation to his fiancee’s house is according to the social status of the host, and is the same as stated in ceremony of Menghantar Tanda Diraja.The Pertunangan Diraja consists of the following items:1.A small underage girl fully adorned and dressed like a bride (formerly this girl is barechested and the chest is covered in yellow tumeric powder which is scratched with comb resulting in a certain pattern on the chest). The girl is carried aloft by a Pengarah who leads the man’s delegation.2.A small underage boy fully dressed like a groom and carried by a Pengarah accompanying the underage girl.3.Surat Mahar (a letter stating the intention of bethrothal of the man to the woman and listing the items brought to the girl’s house as engagement gifts from the man to his fiancee) or Berian, and a piece of Kain Jong Sara, a complete set of Malay Dress, a pair of bangles, a pair of earstuds, four rings, kelakati, knife or other items of gifts as alternatives to the these items. They are placed in brass receptacles which are lined and covered and carried by maids wearing white baju kurung and sarong of predetermined colour, a yellow sash and sprouting bunga goyang on their heads.4. The whole delegation is escorted by the Dian Enam Belas carried by maids dressed in white baju kurung, sarong of predetermined colour and sprouting bunga goyang on their heads. The maids are led by a Juru Bini (a lady official of the Istana) and are followed by 40 youths each bearing the Janar (a yellow cloth measuring 72 ins. x 3.5 ins. worn like a sash from right shoulder to the left waist. In this ceremony the janar is exchanged for money, valued usually at B25.00 each).
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