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Jakarta Post

Pick a date: The art of choosing good days for special occasions

  • Vela Andapita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  01:20 am

Despite living in the capital city where modernity often casts tradition aside, some Jakartans still hold strongly to the tradition of looking for a good day to hold a special event like a wedding ceremony.

It was Oct. 10, 2010, when Michael Arsy finally had the confidence to ask his then girlfriend, now his wife, Kartika Kharisma, on a date. Puppy love that was sparked in high school grew stronger until eight years later they decided to tie the knot.

At first, the couple wished that they could get married on Oct. 10 too, not only to coincide with the anniversary of their first date, but the date would also form a memorable combination, a “pretty date”: 10.10.

“According to the Javanese calendar, good days to hold wedding ceremonies fall in October. But Oct. 10 this year fell in mid-week,” Kartika told The Jakarta Post recently. “We chose Oct. 6 instead, wh...