Indonesian couple Mohamad Nurjaman and Ugi Lestari Widya Bahri, have just gotten married. Their wedding day is meant the most important day of their lives. A day to be celebrated in front of hundreds of their kith and kin.
But the coronavirus pandemic forced a change of plan: Instead, the pair exchanged vows on Friday in a solemn ceremony attended only by eight close family members. Other relatives watched a live stream of the 40-minute wedding procession from their homes.
Although there is no official Indonesian government ban on mass gatherings such as weddings, authorities have warned against them in an effort to curb the spread of the new coronavirus across the country. At least 3,512 people were infected in the country so far and some 306 are said to have died.
“If you asked if we are disappointed, definitely,” said 31-year-old Nurjaman, speaking after the traditional Muslim ceremony in Tangerang, neighbouring the capital Jakarta.
“But we must accept, because this is not only affecting one or two people. We just have to accept the situation.”
The couple have been dating for two years and started to plan their wedding last October. But the reception for 500 guests that was supposed to take place in an event hall in a university in Jakarta on April 12 will be postponed indefinitely.
“In a normal ceremony, relatives and friends will come to witness the ceremony, but now we’ll rely on technology,” said 24-year-old bride Widya.
One of the bride’s cousins watched the live stream from her living room, wearing the outfit she had picked out for the big day. She held up a placard with a message congratulating, and included the hashtag “#dirumahaja”, meaning “stay home” in Indonesian.
IT WENT WELL
“It’s sad but we have to do it virtually. But thank God it went well,” said Aulia Nita Nurwidya.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Indonesian couple streams wedding to keep coronavirus at bay‘ article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Willy Kurniawan and Johan Purnomo in Tangerang. Additional reporting by Yuddy Cahya Budiman and Tommy Ardiansyah. Writing by Fathin Ungku. Editing by Kenneth Maxwell. Comentary by Rob Phillips.