THE BEAUTY OF INDONESIAN INTER-RACIAL MARRIAGES. BATAK – BALI HARMONY. ❤️❤️
Inter-racial marriages in Indonesia, although now fairly common, but could be extremely complicated due to many factors, such as tribal cultural issues and religion. Although interfaith marriage is legal in Indonesia, Indonesia’s 1974 Marriage Law stated that a marriage is valid in the country if conducted according to laws of religion and belief of both sides. This marriage law has become like a knife stubbing the hope of so many couples from different faiths, who are genuinely in love and would like to build their lives together.
For couples of different religious backgrounds, they will need to conduct their legal side of their marriage outside of Indonesia and will be able to go back and live in Indonesia as a married couple without any problem. In summary, Indonesia does not provide legal services to marry couples from different faiths.
Getting legally married abroad can be easy for some people but could be impossible for others, therefore it is not unusual for one partner in these couples to simply convert to make everything easier, as in the case of the marriage between Putri Pakpahan (Christian) & Dwik Anjaya (Hindu). The marriage of Putri and Dwik in March this year, has made to very prominent changes in the Batak culture and tradition. Firstly, Putri has married a non-Batak man, which in the Batak culture is still rather considered to be “Tabu”. Secondly, in order to make the marriage arrangement smoother, Putri has agreed to convert from Christianity to Hinduism, and the rest is left to God to decide their legality of things.
The most amazing things, of course, for Wastra Indonesia to celebrate from these couples wedding, is their traditional wedding costumes, a true blend of two tribal Wastra Indonesia (The Bali costume and the Batak Ulos), they both look amazing wearing these outfit.
Our huge congratulations to Putri and Dwik, and wishing them the very best for their future endeavour.