Speak Malay Like a Local – Lesson 4: Wedding Ceremony, Congratulations, Please Eat & Wedding Favours

Speak Malay Like a Local – Lesson 4: Wedding Ceremony, Congratulations, Please Eat & Wedding Favours

Kebaya

A traditional Malay attire typically worn during Eid, weddings or any happy event. There are many different styles for kebaya and the more conservative designs can also be worn for interviews and at the work place!

 

  MALAY   ENGLISH
       
1 Majlis perkahwinan : Wedding ceremony
       Majlis :      Ceremony
       Perkahwinan :      Wedding / Marriage (no distinction in Malay)
       
2 Orang kahwin : People getting married
       Orang :      Person / People*
       Kahwin :      Marry
  *Technically, the plural for ‘orang’ should be ‘orang-orang’. But in colloquial Malay, ‘orang’ can refer to both one person or many people.
       
3 Tahniah : Congratulations
       
4 Jemput makan : Please, have something to eat
       Jemput :      A polite invitation
       Makan :      Eat
       
5 Bunga telur : Wedding favours**
       Bunga :      Flower
       Telur :      Egg
  **Gifts from the married couple to the guests. Traditionally, the wedding favours come in the form of boiled eggs (to symbolise fertility) wrapped in beautiful flowery decorations, thus earning the name ‘egg flower’. But in modern times, couples tend to favour more practical (and easier to prepare) gifts like chocolates or non-edible gifts like flowers or soap. But out of habit, these wedding favours are still referred to as ‘bunga telur’.

 



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