“Ma’pacci” is a wedding ceremonial initiation, which takes place the night before the wedding in Bugis ethnic. The bride undergo an initiation which is meant as an admiration to groom and bride, as well as a prayer to God The All Mighty for better life and harmony for the couple. Each of the ornaments used in Mappaci has its own significance or valuable meaning. It is employed as a charismatic in the ancient Bugis tradition. For instance the pillow is the place where our head rests when we go to sleep. Our head is the highest position or the most prestigious part of the body. The significant meaning is that hopefully the couple would respect each other in the future.
The banana leafs have the meaning as that the leafs itself has a lot of used for human being. The significant is that hopefully the couple will be useful to their society. The jack fruit leafs is associated with its straight shape flower and in Bugis it is called “lempu” , which translate to honest. This is also wishing the couple integrity in their life. The Lawsonia Inermis leafs illustrates that the couple should purify their body and soul, for the man is to strengthening his love to the woman. Such also for the woman will do the same for her man. Lastly the palm sugar and coconut meat imply that the couple would be sweet and pleasant within their family, living in harmonious on the earth.
Photography by Roy Kurniawan – PhotoEditing by Dwiko Arie