A couple decided to combine their big day with the funeral of the groom’s dad in a bizarre break with tradition.
The Indonesian newlyweds didn’t want the groom’s recently deceased dad to miss out on the festivities and saw it as an opportunity to bless the nuptials, according to local reports.
It’s reported the young couple organised their big day to coincide with man’s funeral as they got hitched in the city of Samarinda, in the Indonesian province of East Kalimantan last Saturday.
They had initially postponed their wedding day due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but decided to go ahead when the father died of a sudden heart attack while playing sport.
Pictures from the wedding show the bride and groom in tears as they said their final goodbyes to the family man.
The groom Romadhoni Putra Pratama wanted to coincide the wedding with his father’s funeral so that he could still be there “in spirit” and witness the big day.
He added that he always wanted his dad to see him get married and give his blessing.
In Indonesia, funerals are an important ritual that takes the spirit of the deceased into the afterworld and they are often held over several days.
It is not until the final funeral that a person is considered dead.
Romadhoni said: “Although Dad passed away, I still believe that his spirit is here in this room to bless the auspicious ceremony.
“Even though it’s only his soul, I am confident that my father was still around and able to see me marry my wife.”
Local religious affairs head Muhammad Arga Raditiya said: “Romadhoni had always wanted his father to witness the marriage which was why the couple decided to get married on the same day the father passed away.”