The seventh month of a woman’s first pregnancy is traditionally when an Indonesian baby shower is conducted, and Villa Kropak served as the ideal setting for this couple’s lovely ceremony. The occasion, known as Mitoni, offers the chance to bless the expecting parents in advance of the baby’s arrival. The expecting mother sits in a bower composed of leaves and floral accents prepared especially for the occasion.
The ceremony, which is attended by family elders, close relatives, and friends, contains a number of customary features, many of which center around the number seven. The pregnant woman is the focal point of the ceremony, and she receives a shower of water that has been infused with fragrant flowers and drawn from seven different wells or springs.
The infant and the expectant parents are both purified by taking a bath or shower in water. Throughout the ceremony, the expectant woman switches out her ceremonial sarong or batik clothing seven times.The last batik pattern is the most significant and signifies a safe birth as well as continued love and happiness for the family. Each batik pattern has a particular meaning.
A crucial part is played by the expectant father, who must crack open two coconuts in front of his sitting wife. If the coconut cracks in two, it will signify the birth of a girl; if it is hard to break and the coconut water spills out onto the ground, it will signify the birth of a boy. Mitoni is a day to celebrate love and family, and guests wish the soon-to-be parents well.