Indonesian Princess Weds
October 20, 2011 by staff
Indonesian Princess Weds, A princess married the prince of Indonesia on Tuesday in the historic Yogyakarta sultanate. Wijareni Nurastuti Princesa, 25, married 29 years of age in a traditional Ubaidillah Achmad Javanese-Muslim ceremony attended by more than 2,000 guests including the president of Indonesia.
Yogyakarta, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Jakarta, in the center of the island of Java, is one of the last remaining sultanates in Indonesia, where the sultan also acts as governor of the special region.
The groom, a commoner, working in the office of Vice President of Indonesia.
Din Syamsudin, chairman of the organization Muhammadiyah Indonesia is Muslim, described the ceremony as a cultural expression that must be preserved.
It was “a cultural treasure that should also be revitalized, so that future generations continue to understand and love their own culture,” he said.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in the afternoon to greet the couple, who married at 200 years old, the Sultan’s Palace in a ceremony led by the bride’s father, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
Customers made offerings of bananas wrapped in gold paper and flower to symbolize the sacred bond of marriage and the couple wants a happy life together.
The groom arrived in a traditional horse-drawn carriage Java and sat with his girlfriend, and reciting their vows before the sultan.
At the end of the ceremony, the couple threw betel leaves at each other to symbolize the union of two hearts.
Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, last year criticized the Sultanate, promoting the region to begin to free elections for governor.
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