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Kahiyang Ayu Wedding: Jokowi Participates in Javanese Tradition
President Joko Widodo with Iriana Jokowi installing bleketepe ahead procession siraman Kahiyang Ayu and Bobby Afif Nasution in Solo, November 7, 2017. TEMPO/Ahmad Rafiq
Tuesday, 07 November, 2017 | 13:14 WIB
Kahiyang Ayu Wedding: Jokowi Participates in Javanese Tradition

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The president’s whole family held a Javanese tradition which is one of many traditions heading towards the wedding of Kahiyang Ayu and Bobby Nasution that will be held tomorrow on Wednesday, November 8.

The series of Javanese traditional events are currently held in private in President Jokowi’s house where only special invite guests were allowed to witness it in person.

Read also: Jokowi: Kahiyang`s Wedding Preparation Completed

Not long after it commenced, President Jokowi together with First Lady Iriana exited the house wearing orange traditional Javanese attire. At the venue’s entrance, President Jokowi climbed an aluminum staircase to attach the bleketepe - a traditional wedding ornament, constructed in a form of a green coconut webbing – on top of the entrance doorway.

Jokowi and Iriana then opened the cloth that was used to cover a hand of bananas placed on a pole near the entrance of the Kahiyang Ayu wedding event. They were then given wheat grains by Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming to be placed on the banana hand before entering the house again.

 

AHMAD RAFIQ (CONTRIBUTOR)

 



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