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Wedding rush set for 02-02-2020

Seventeen marriage registration centers across Shanghai will work overtime on February 2 to satisfy an expected avalanche of demand from lovebirds who want to tie the knot on what is believed to be an auspicious date — 02-02-2020.

It is a rare symmetry date, and 2020 sounds like “love you, love you” in Chinese.

It is also the ninth day of the lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar; nine sounds similar to “long” in Chinese, bearing the auspicious meaning of a long-lasting marriage.

But the day is a Sunday, so registry workers will sacrifice their time off to accommodate lovebirds.

“We know it is Sunday, but we still want to draw the most important certificate in our life on such a day full of love,” a netizen Qian Xun posted online.

Another netizen, GHF, said: “I made a bet with my boyfriend, if the marriage registration centers open on the day, I will marry him.”

Online reservations for marriage on the date will open today, the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said yesterday.

It’s a long-standing tradition in Chinese culture to get married on an auspicious date.

A total of 731 couples drew their marriage certificates during the Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, last year, on August 7.

The total, including two cross-border marriages — between a Chinese and a foreigner — was about double the daily average.

Marriage registration centers across Shanghai also had a surge of lovebirds tying the knot on May 20 last year as the date — May 20, or 520 — sounds similar to wo ai ni, or “I love you,” in Chinese.


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