The Sultan's Daughter Royal Wedding
Everybody loves a wedding, especially a royal wedding. One was held in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, for the celebration of the Jogjakarta Sultan’s daughter, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendoro, marriage to Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudonegoro, on 18 October 2011.
Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Bendoro is the youngest daughter of the Sultan of Jogjakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. Meanwhile, Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudonegoro is not from royal family, and not even Javanese. His real name, before titled Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Yudonegoro, is Achmad Ubaidillah. He originated from Lampung and works at the State Secretariat Ministry in Jakarta.
The royal wedding involves various Javanese traditional ceremonies, including nyantri ritual for the groom, siraman, midodareni, ijab qabul, and panggih pengantin. And just like William and Kate, the Javanese princess and prince paraded after their union inaugurated. The newlyweds rode on a horse carriage through the main streets of Jogjakarta, such as the Alun-alun Utara, Trikora, Ahmad Yani, and Malioboro, before arriving at the wedding reception.
The parade drew huge attention from the citizen of Jogjakarta, as they flooded the streets to see and cheers the newlyweds. They didn’t seem to mind having to jostle with each other as the parade took place.
The people of Jogjakarta also held a feast around the Serangan Oemoem Satu Maret in the celebration of the royal wedding. Hundreds of small stalls (angkringan) serve free foods and beverages such as nasi kucing, fried tempe and tofu, bacem-cooked tempe and tofu, fried banana, , coffee, and tea. ginger drink
The money for providing the foods and beverages came from donation by companies, universities, organizations and individuals in Jogjakarta. It’s a form of appreciation from them to their sultan, Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, on the special day.
There are also traditional dances performed by artists from Jogjakarta and other parts of Indonesia. A group that comes from the neighboring province East Java staged the Reog Ponoro. Artists from East Nusa Tenggara present the Likurai Dance. There is also Caci dance performance by people from Manggarai. All blend in to create an amazing presentation for the people of Jogjakarta.
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