The Bestowal of New Title: Princess Hayu and Prince Notonegoro

After the lamaran (the wedding proposal), there is one specific occasion that cannot be overlooked. This occasion is often referred to as wisuda gelar, which is a bestowal of a new name and a new title. The granting of a new name is in line with the custom and tradition, for in every phase of […]

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The Meaningful Lamaran Ritual of Kraton Yogyakarta

The lamaran (wedding proposal) ritual for Gusti Raden Ajeng Nur Abra Juwita, the fourth daughter of the Monarch of Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, performed on Thursday (20/6), was a sacred, solemn yet very touching scene. Only families and close relatives of both future bride and groom attended the ceremony. […]

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A “Boyish” Princess Who Is into Technology

Born a princess does not simply make Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hayu, now mostly known as Gusti Hayu, grow into a quiet, calm figure. To the contrary, the fourth daughter of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X comes cheerful, jovial, and somewhat “boyish”.   “Boyish” and Game-Addicted Hayu was born in Yogyakarta on 24 December 1983. She was […]

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Development Worker Who Enjoys Diving & Music

His work at UNDP demands him to manage crisis, making him busy. Still, he can enjoy his time doing his hobbies: music and diving Concerned in Global Issues Born in an Armed Force family, Notonegoro had to have a quite nomadic life due to his parents’ duty. Born in Jakarta on 27 December 1973, he […]

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