In Indonesia President throws lavish ceremony as only daughter ties the knot

It was a shut down.

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Indonesia's first daughter gets a lavish wedding. play

Indonesia's first daughter gets a lavish wedding.

(BBC / Fajar Sodiq)
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Kahiyang Ayu is the only daughter of President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and her lavish, fully Javanese wedding celebration has had the whole country buzzing with excitement.

Citizens in the president’s hometown of Surakarata hit the streets on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to witness the wedding parade for the country’s first daughter who marries Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution.

play The groom, Muhammad Bobby Afif Nasution. (BBC / Fajar Sodiq)


The groom, a property businessman, is a member of the Batak ethnic group.

The bride’s hugely popular father is from the central Java region and the flamboyant wedding was held according to their traditions.

play The wedding was held in accordance with Javanese traditions (BBC/ Fajar Sodiq)


The evening before the wedding, the president's family took their daughter through a string of several Javanese traditions and for the big day itself,  about 8,000 official guests were invited, including many politicians.

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As expected of Javanese weddings, people took to the streets wearing ethnic costumes from all parts of the diverse country.

play Indonesian first daughter gets a lavish national wedding. (BBC / Fajar Sodiq)


President Widodo also hired 50 cycle rickshaws to carry some of his guests so that all levels of society could take part and also earn some money from it, according to reports.

play Customised phones distributed at President Goodluck Jonathan's daughter's wedding in 2014. (Kemi Filani's Blog)


This colourful ceremony reminds us of that time in 2014 when President Goodluck Jonathan shut down Nigeria’s capital city with his first daughter’s wedding.

The ceremony was televised live on NTA and customized gold-plated iPhones were given out as souvenirs.

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