Jokowi's Daughter Ties the Knot in a Traditional Javanese Ceremony

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's daughter, Kahiyang Ayu and her husband Bobby Nasution hold their marriage certificates on Wednesday (08/11). (Antara Photo/Maulana Surya)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 7:25 PM November 08, 2017
Category : Life & Style, Featured, ShowBiz

Jakarta. Daughter of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Kahiyang Ayu, married Bobby Afif Nasution in a traditional Javanese ceremony on Wednesday morning (08/11) at the Graha Saba Buana building in Solo, Central Java.

The Muslim rituals, ijab kabul, were led by Jokowi, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Indonesian Ulema Council chairman Ma'ruf Amin acting as witnesses for the bride. Kahiyang got married with a dowry of prayer clothes and 80 grams of gold. Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution and former Muhammadiyah chairman Safii Ma'arif were also present as witnesses for the groom. 

The ceremony was live streamed by several major news outlets. Numerous public figures, including former presidents Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, actor Roy Marten and musician Katon Bagaskara, were also in attendance.

The religious ceremony ends a series of traditional Javanese wedding processions, which began earlier this week. On Monday afternoon, Jokowi threw a traditional wilujengan kenduri feast with recitations of the Koran at his residence in Solo. On Tuesday morning, the president led the installment of bleketepe, or plaited coconut leaves, around the wedding venue , in a traditional ritual of purification and protection for the newlyweds.

The installment of bleketepe was followed by Javanese bathing ceremony, siraman, in which the bride was showered by her parents and relatives with water from seven springs. On the eve of the wedding ceremony, or midodareni, the groom paid a visit to the bride's family to deliver his wedding gifts — a symbolic representation of his role as breadwinner. During this visit he was not allowed to see the bride.

The wedding reception started at 6.30 p.m. at Graha Saba Buana.

Kahiyang and Bobby met during their master's degree program at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture. Bobby is a son of former director of Perkebunan Nusantara IV, the late Erwin Nasution.

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