Ringing In the New Year

Couples take part in a mass wedding organized by the city government as part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Central Jakarta on Sunday night (31/12). (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

By : REUTERS | on 1:11 PM January 01, 2018
Category : Eyewitness, Multimedia, Photos

Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve on Sunday night (31/12) by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital.

Nearly 450 couples gathered in a large tent in the city center just hours before midnight to pray with their families before signing marriage certificates. Government officials oversaw each brief ceremony.

"We wanted an unforgettable experience and we're so happy that we decided to participate today," said Hartiningish, a 38-year-old bride, while a live band played a set of traditional and pop music in the background.

Her husband, Ricky Rangga (30), said the couple was grateful to the city administration for making the wedding possible.

Many couples wore matching colors and colorful traditional outfits, with some brides donning elaborate headdresses and grooms carrying traditional daggers, or keris.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan congratulated those taking the plunge and said the city would now host the event every New Year's Eve. The city government raised funds from donations to pay for token gold dowries for the couples to exchange.

Grooms in Indonesia traditionally present gold jewelry or money to brides on the wedding day.

"We're planning to do this every year," Anies said, after posing for photographs with some couples.

 

A couple participates in the mass wedding organized by the Jakarta provincial government. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) A couple participates in the mass wedding organized by the Jakarta provincial government. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

The mass wedding formed part of New Year's Eve celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) The mass wedding formed part of New Year's Eve celebrations. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

One of the brides participating in the mass wedding held at a venue in Jalan M.H. Thamrin. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) One of the brides participating in the mass wedding held at a venue in Jalan M.H. Thamrin. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Couples taking part in the event. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) Couples taking part in the event. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

A bride has her headdress adjusted. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) A bride has her headdress adjusted. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

A couple ties the knot. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) A couple ties the knot. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

A bride looks at her mobile phone during the mass wedding. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside) A bride looks at her mobile phone during the mass wedding. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)


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