Royal parade: Newlyweds Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu and Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Notonegoro wave to their adoring public during a royal procession along Malioboro Avenue in Yogyakarta.
The grand wedding at the Yogyakarta palace between the fourth daughter of Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu, and Kanjeng Pangeran Haryo Notonegoro, at the end of October seemed to establish the city of Yogyakarta as one of the cultural pillars of the Indonesian archipelago.
For three consecutive days, the bride and groom were required to follow a series of different wedding rituals.
“The lengthy wedding tradition is indeed steeped in symbols portraying how the couple will enter the bonds of marriage. And this is one of our traditional assets that is no less appealing than those in foreign countries,” said Gusti Pembayun, who directed the royal wedding festivities.
The citizens of Yogyakarta and its environs turned out to show their pride in the traditional, regal event. Tens of thousands of people crowded the streets to welcome the arrival of the young couple and the Sultan, who passed along Malioboro Avenue before joining the wedding procession.
Protector: An elderly Yogyakarta palace servant plays the part of an edhan-edhanan (crazy person) to prevent bad luck from befalling the royal wedding party.
Happy parents: Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and his wife, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas, are transported in a royal carriage during the wedding procession.
Musical theater: An orchestra accompanies the festivities with a mixture of modern music and traditional gamelan music for a Bedhaya Manten dance.
Preparations: Palace workers carry a banana tree for the Pasang Tarub (placing of wedding decoration) ceremony, which marked the beginning of the royal wedding procession.
Purification: Businesswoman BRA Mooryati Soedibyo pours water over the bride, Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu, in the siraman (bridal shower) ritual.
— Photos By JP/Tarko Sudiarno