Indonesian couples celebrate New Year with mass wedding

Muhammad Nasir, 64, and his 65-year-old wife Aminah, have been married since 1968 — but only according to Islamic law due to financial reasons. (Source:  Jakarta (VNA) – Hundreds ofIndonesian couples celebrated getting married in Jakarta on New Year’s Eve in afree mass wedding.The communal event,attended by 437 couples, was staged by authorities in the context that many peoplein Jakarta cannot access public services because they have never legally beenmarried.Muhammad Nasir, 64, and his 65-year-old wifeAminah have five children and nine grandchildren, but as they have never beenlegally married, some of their children do not have birth certificates andcannot gain access to public services such as healthcare.The participating couples received a gram of gold, Koran books and a setof prayer outfits.Music festivals, cultural parades, foods stalls and bazaars were alsoheld at around the capital to celebrate New Year’s Eve.-VNA

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