By Jasmine Kazlauskas
Hundreds of loved-up Indonesian couples celebrated New Years Eve together by getting hitched in a free mass wedding ceremony.
The extraordinary event, which took place in the country’s capital Jakarta over the weekend, saw 437 elated couples get married to each other in a massive communal wedding ceremony that took place in a local car park situated in one of the city’s major main roads.
It took just five hours for the mass of happy couples to finally tie the knot, with the help of 100 dedicated ‘penghulu’ – traditional Islamic ministers – who officiated the wedding ceremonies.
The romantic affair was entirely funded by the Jakarta government in a generous effort to help underprivileged couples from all over the city fulfil their dream of getting married but who did not have the funds to host an elaborate wedding celebration.
The event was the first of its kind for the city and with city governors now planning to make it a permanent yearly celebration.