Millions watched as over 7,000 guests attended the elaborate Javanese wedding of Jokowi’s daughter

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, accompanied by first lady Iriana Widodo (left) and daughter-in-law Selvi Ananda, looks at his daughter Kahiyang Ayu’s wedding ring during her wedding ceremony in Solo, Central Java.
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What is a celebration without its guests?

For Indonesian President Joko Widodo, a real celebration involves an entire nation.

Jokowi, as he is commonly known, married off his daughter Kahiyang Ayu in an elaborate Javanese wedding ceremony on Wednesday (Nov 8) morning.

More than 7,000 people attended the wedding while millions witnessed the nuptials in a live TV broadcast.

The President’s son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, is the son of the late Erwin Nasution, a former director of plantation firm Perkebunan Nusantara IV.

Official guests included religious leaders, Cabinet members, foreign ambassadors and former presidents Megawati Sukarnoputri and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Meanwhile, thousands of ordinary citizens travelled from various cities across Indonesia to Solo for the event in hopes of getting a glimpse of the event, The Straits Times reported.

The bride and groom, both 26, arrived in separate horse-drawn carriages to the Jokowi’s family-owned Graha Saba Buana hall in Surakarta.

According to Jakarta Post, the newlyweds carried out several Javanese wedding traditions at the tightly-guarded venue after the akad nikah Islamic solemnisation ceremony.

From left: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, first lady Iriana Widodo, Bobby Nasution, Kahiyang Ayu, Mr Bobby’s mother Hanifah Siregar and uncle Irwin Nasution.
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This included the Panggih, where the bride and the groom meet for the first time after tying the knot. Later, the President tied a red and white fabric to the bride’s shoulder and led the couple back to their seats.

The couple then drank coconut water and carried out Dulangan, which is the tradition of feeding each other.

It was reported that they had met while attending Bogor Agricultural University in 2015 and dated for about a year before getting married.