Majang Tarub, Bleketepe, and Pasareyan

The ritual of Majang Tarub, which means to display a kind of special decoration, and Bleketepe, or plaited coconut leaves, which was carried out on Monday (10/21) at 8 in the morning, denoted the beginning of the Siraman ritual for the bride. The installation of Tarub signifies that the Kraton of Yogyakarta is holding a […]

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Nyekar: Praying for Ancestors

GKR Hayu and KPH Notonegoro performed the Nyekar ritual twice, one at the Mataram Royal Graveyard in Kotagede and another at Yogyakarta Royal Graveyard in Imogiri. Nyekar is a form of prayers for the ancestors so that they rest in the best of places beside God.

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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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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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