Sugengan: a Kraton Yogyakarta Praying Ritual

The Sugengan ritual, or Selametan, is performed as a form of prayers to God so that the wedding ceremony will go successfully. It has three essential purposes: expressing gratitude to, asking for safety, and requesting for protection from God.

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Midodareni

After the Tantingan, the wedding will be continued with Midodareni. Midodareni is derived from the stem widodari, which means ‘a nymph’, a breathtakingly beautiful and fragrant lady from heaven. Midodareni is the last night for the bride and the groom being an unmarried couple. In this ritual, the royal couple will be accompanied by friends and relatives.

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Tantingan

After the Siraman, the next ritual is Tantingan. Tantingan will be held in Emper Bangsal Prabayeksa at night after the Isya prayer. At this moment, the Sultan, accompanied by the Empress as well as their daughters, inquires about the bride’s resolution towards the marriage between her and the man who has proposed her.

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Majang Pasareyan, Tarub, & Bleketepe

The Kraton wedding is always flagged with a Tarub installed at various spots around the Palace. It is a sign showing that the Kraton of Yogyakarta is holding a royal wedding. Besides, Tarub is also used to keep off perils. It is usually installed at the entrance portals of the Palace and at Bangsal Kepatihan.

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Siraman

After the Nyantri, the event will be followed by the Siraman ritual. The word siraman is derived from the root siram which means ‘to bathe’. Thus siraman means to bathe both the bride and the groom, with the will to purify them so that they can be clean and pure physically and spiritually. The Siraman ritual will be carried out in Bangsal Sekar Kedhaton as for the bride, and in Bangsal Kasatriyan as for the groom.

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Nyantri

Nyantri aims at acquainting the Sultan’s future son/daughter-in-law to the life of the Kraton of Yogyakarta. In the course of this ritual, s/he will be taught the way to live as a family member of the Kraton of Yogyakarta. “Nyantri may be seen as a training session for the Kraton’s future son or daughter-in-law,” said KRT Pujaningrat, a Kraton relative and cultural expert, in his residence in Mangkubumen area. Aside from teaching how things work in the Royal Palace, Nyantri is also carried out so that the Kraton may see the daily life of the future son/daughter-in-law, assessing all the behaviors and attitudes displayed during the process.

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Nyekar

Nyekar is a tradition of visiting the graveyards of the late ancestors. Prior to holding a royal wedding, the Kraton of Yogyakarta will firstly conduct the tradition. Nyekar is to be carried out before the wedding day. It is commonly carried prior to the Wisuda Nama (the New Name Bestowal) ceremony and the wedding D-day.

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Their Impressions on Hayu and Noto

Ronni Guritno – The Sultan’s Personal Assistant I have known Miss Abra since she was seven. She is a fast learner, smart, and able to learn easily. She has got achievements, and her grades during school were great. Miss Abra also actively plays roller-blades and had once become a national champion. She is quiet, serious, […]

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Up Close with Kraton Yogyakarta

Nowadays, the Kraton of Yogyakarta develops into Yogyakarta’s center of culture. It stands to preserve the culture and custom amidst the swift flow of modernity.

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