Anggertimur Lanang Tinarbuko
The beginning of 2019 was opened with a story of love from the Pakualaman royal family. The eldest son of Paku Alam X, who is also the Yogyakarta deputy governor, married in a royal wedding ceremony called Dhaup Ageng. The wedding procession followed a Javanese tradition that is still preserved today.
Paku Alam X’s son, 26-year-old Kusumo Bimantoro, wedded 25-year-old Maya Lakshita Noorya on Jan. 5.
Their relationship started when they were both in high school and has grown ever since.
The wedding theme was inspired by a Surya Mulyarja batik motif that represents the Sestradisuhul manuscript (1847) created by Paku Alam II. Surya Mulyarja is a manifestation of the Batara Surya (God of Sun) in Asthabrata. It is derived from the word surya, which means the Sun as a representation of Batara Surya, while mulya means noble and arja means safe. It is also a prayer for the bride and the groom.
The two-day wedding reception itself was held on Jan. 5 and 6 and attended by more than 2,250 invitees from various communities, including President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and First Lady Iriana, State Secretary Pratikno, Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also the Yogyakarta governor, and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo. Representatives from Karaton Nusantara – the royal families of Yogyakarta, Surakarta and Cirebon, West Java – were also invited to the wedding. [yan]