Mass weddings mark 'eternal' 09/09/09
Beijing: Tens of thousands of Chinese couples rushed to tie the knot across the country to mark Wednesday's special date 09/09/09, hoping that the "triple 9 day" will bring them luck and eternal love.
In Beijing alone, 18,979 couples stood in long queues to register for marriage Wednesday, setting a one-day record in six decades. The figure was many times the daily average and exceeded the previous record of 15,646 seen Aug 8, 2008, a "triple 8 day" when the 29th Olympic Games opened in Beijing.
In some cities, many couples and their families had to queue outside the marriage register offices from Tuesday afternoon. Authorities in different cities had to increase staff, work long hours and open more offices to cope.
What a good day it is! We are very lucky that we got married today. The auspicious number stands for our eternal love," said a young man Zhang Peng with his girlfriend at a register office in Gaoxin district in the southwestern city of Chengdu.
"We came here yesterday (Tuesday) to see the location of the register office, hoping to get the certificate sooner today (Wednesday)," he said.