Jakarta local government personnel conduct a mass wedding to welcome and celebrate the New Year 2018 in Jakarta on December 31, 2017. AFP / BAY ISMOYO
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Hundreds of Indonesian couples celebrated New Year's Eve Sunday night by tying the knot in a mass wedding in the capital Jakarta.Nearly 450 couples gathered in a large tent in the city center just hours before midnight to pray with their families before signing marriage certificates. "We wanted an unforgettable experience and we're so happy that we decided to participate today," said Hartiningish, a 38-year-old East Javanese bride, while a live band played a set of traditional and pop music in the background.Her husband, Ricky Rangga, 30, said the couple was grateful to the city administration for making the wedding possible.
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