It was only 9 o’clock in the morning yet the John Jacob ballroom at the St Regis Singapore was already filled with guests dressed in elegant traditional Indonesian attire. They were there to witness the special ruwatan ceremony — a traditional Indonesian blessing ritual — hosted by Colin and Rany Moran for their sons, Nicholas and Christopher. Just for the event, the Morans had flown in a performance troupe as an accompaniment to the cultural affair which began with the walking-in of the family to the sounds of gamelan music. This was followed by welcome speeches by Colin and HE Ngurah Sanjaya, the Indonesian ambassador to Singapore. The morning’s programme also included the seeking of blessings by the boys from their elders, a skin puppet performance and a “bathing” ritual which saw the pouring of water over the boys’ heads in a practice that symbolises purity.