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317 couples rush to tie the knot on Chinese Valentine's Day

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-August-15

A total of 317 young couples rushed to tie the knot in the four districts of Kunming on the "auspicious date" of Chinese Valentine’s Day.

This year, the Chinese Valentine’s Day or Qixi Festival falls on August 13 as the three digits (813) sound like the phrase "never breaking up" in Chinese. Dates with auspicious meanings have become preferred choices for inking the big day.

In Wuhua District, office staff had issued marriage certificates to 91 newlyweds by 17:00. "We queued all night to get the first marriage certificate on Chinese Valentine’s Day," said a would-be bride surnamed Liang. Other three districts, Guandu, Xishan and Panlong, also witnessed the similar scenes.

A total of 88 couples had registered for marriage in Guandu Districts, according to the district's civil affairs bureau. An official of Xishan District said that they issued marriage certificates to nearly 50 couples by 16:40, but the number dropped by 20 percent year-on-year.(Editors: Ryan Li, Lynn)

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