Indonesian president's daughter gets married in opulent ceremony with 8,000 guests

Olivia Petter
Thursday 09 November 2017 18:08 GMT
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The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, celebrated his only daughter’s wedding in a lavish ceremony on Wednesday.

Kahiyang Ayu wed property businessman Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution in front of 8,000 guests, the BBC reports.

Held according to Javanese traditions, the ceremony was followed by a parade which was broadcasted live on Indonesian TV channels.


The momentous occasion took place in the city of Surakarta, which is in Central Java.

Widodo led the wedding ceremony while vice president Jusuf Kalla and Ma’ruf Amin, head of the Indonesian Ulema Council, acted as witnesses for the bride.


“I give the hand of my daughter Kahiyang Ayu in marriage to Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution, son of the late Erwin Nasution, with a dowry of prayer clothes and 80 grams of gold,” Widodo said in the ceremony, The Nation reports.

As is tradition, the ceremony begins when an army general requests that Widodo and his wife, first lady Iriana, give permission for their daughter to marry,

Once permission is granted, the ceremony can take place as normal.


It concludes when Said Agil Siraj, chairman of Nahdlatul Ulama, leads a series of prayers.

In addition to the 8,000 attendees, thousands of members of the public took to the streets of Surakarta to celebrate the matrimony.

The wedding was also screened live at a restaurant in Jakarta for members of the public who couldn’t make it to Surakarta, which is the bride’s hometown.

The ceremony took place in the Graha Saba Buana building, the same spot where Ayu’s sister, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, got married in 2015.

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