Prince Abdul Mateen and Anisha Rosnah Isa Kalebic’s 10-day wedding has ended. From now on, for a while, the two will only be worrying about their married life!

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The wedding of Prince Abdul Mateen of Brunei and Anisha Rosnah Isa Kalebic which began on 7 January and lasted for 10 days has ended. The celebrations were extensive and combined a series of traditional and religious ceremonies with public, secular celebrations. They began on the penultimate Sunday with the Katam Quran, a special reading from the Koran.

There, Anisha showed off her first bridal look, which was shared on Instagram by designer Teh Firdaus – with the description, “Honoured to play a big part in Brunei’s royal wedding… Witness the grace of Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah Adam Isa Kalebic’s Yang Mulia Dayang Anisha Rosnah Adam Isa Kalebic in our custom baju kurung in intricately woven Brunei tenunan as she embraces elegance during the Khatam Quran event.”

Then on Wednesday, an elaborate, centuries-old ceremony known as Istiadat Berbedak took place. This ceremony is common in Malaysia and Brunei and involves the bride and groom-to-be being blessed by close family members, who wish them a happy, fertile and wealthy marriage. These close family members apply paste to the couple’s hands, although in some families, paste is applied to the entire body.

On Thursday, after Wednesday’s powder ceremony, the couple attended separate solemnisation ceremonies reserved for men and women. Inside the gold-domed Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Prince Abdul Mateen was accompanied by his father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The ceremony reflected his commitment to tradition as well as to his new wife.

Prince Abdul Mateen was seated on a special carpet, known as Kasur Namat, between four ceremonial candles, known as Dian Empat. He was dressed in traditional white wedding attire, decorated with diamond motifs and a matching hairstyle; from the Kasur Namat, the prince accepted the Akad Nikah (solemnization of marriage). Afterwards, Abdul Mateen approached his father and kissed his hand, before 17 cannons fired to mark the end of the ceremony.

The finale of the grand celebration was a wedding banquet at the royal palace, where 5,000 guests arrived to celebrate the royal couple. Brunei is, after all, one of the richest countries in the world. With vast financial reserves, it is far less dependent on tourism than other Southeast Asian countries, writes Tatler.

Guests have included Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

On Instagram, Prince Abdul Mateen posted the most beautiful picture from the wedding, from the banquet, where his bride shone in a special dress.

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  1. Theodore Cao Reply

    Wedding march song sung by a Muslim woman was awesome. Congratulations.

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