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Three Weddings and a Cook is perhaps the most unusual event yet to be hosted by the Migration Museum in Adelaide.
Celebrating the focus on Malaysia in the OzAsia Festival this year, Three Weddings and a Cook will explore three different ethnic wedding traditions from Malaysia - Chinese, Indian and Malayan. Malaysia has successfully blended and integrated these three quite different cultures into a colourful and cohesive multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multilingual society.
On Sunday September 15 you will have the opportunity to experience the different traditions associated with Malaysian weddings, from clothing to craft, dance to music, and of course food at the Migration Museum. And did I mention, it's FREE?
The program will focus on a Chinese wedding first, with Chinese dancers performing and a traditional tea ceremony for you to enjoy.
The next part of the program will be an actual Indian wedding performed live at the Migration Museum, with a full wedding ceremony and bridal procession showcasing traditional Indian dancers.
The final part of the show will be a Malay bridal procession and wedding including the blessing of the bride and groom, and music from drummers to provide rhythm for the ethnic dancers.
Poh Ling Yeow Prepares a Cooking Demonstration at the Malaysia Carnival
Of course no wedding would be complete without a banquet of Malaysian food, and celebrity chef and TV host Poh Ling Yeow will be giving three cooking demonstrations in the Migration Museum chapel.
There will be activities for all the family including a craft table, sari and sarong lessons, henna tattoos, and face painting. And if you're hungry after watching Poh's cooking demonstrations then there will be food stalls to let you sample the local cuisine too.
I went to the enormously popular Malaysia Carnival in Victoria Square late last year when thousands of people congregated to enjoy the dance spectacle and tastes from Malaysia's ethnic groups. I expect that Three Weddings and a Cook will be very popular too. Mark it in your to-do list now and don't miss out!
It sounds like a really fun event. You can already tell how different wedding traditions are in Malaysian culture compared to our own. Most Western weddings are privately family/friends affairs, not 'let's invite the whole city'.
Glad you enjoyed yourself at last year's Malaysian Carnival. The Malaysian Students' Council of South Australia is really excited about this 3 Weddings and a Cook event, and we are looking forward to present the Malay culture part of the event. Hopefully we'll be able to top the high bar we've set for ourselves with the success of last year's Malaysian Carnival!
The Malaysian Students' Council of Australia, South Australia (MASCA SA) really did a good job with the Malaysian Carnival last year, taking a break and joining the Oz Asia festival this year is brilliant!
Hope next year we get our usual Malaysian Carnival run by MASCA SA again! I'm sure it'll be great.