The Jakarta Post
The city administration will hold a mass wedding on the evening of Dec. 31, a new tradition that began last year.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the city had started planning the event three weeks ago.
“We’ve held meetings about the plan. I will announce the details,” he said as quoted by tempo.co on Thursday.
Jakarta Mental and Spiritual Education Bureau head Hendra Hidayat said that every subdistrict could accommodate three couples to join the program. The administration would prepare the dowry for every couple in the form an Islamic prayer set and Rp 500,000 (US$34) cash.
“We’ll hold another meeting on Friday,” Hendra said, noting that the event was supported by the Jakarta Muslim Charitable Board (Bazis).
The bureau reportedly made a request in September for a budget of Rp 566 million to the Jakarta Council budget committee. The proposal, which was included in the city’s 2018 budget, was enough to marry 534 couples. However, the plan was scrapped by the city council.
Last year, the Jakarta administration held a mass wedding at Park and Ride Thamrin in Central Jakarta. As many as 437 couples tied the knot that day. Each of them received one gram of gold and savings from Bank Syariah Mandiri. (vla)