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Special day sees 4,900 couples tie the knot

Marriage registration centers in the city were kept busy yesterday when 4,900 couples tied the knot by 5pm, over 10 times the normal figure, according to the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

The couples believe the coincidence of Valentine’s Day and the Lantern Festival will bring double happiness to their marriage.

Twenty-nine couples with one expatriate spouse were also married yesterday.

A registration center on Hehuan Road in the Pudong New Area said the earliest couple arrived at 4am. Another couple stayed at a nearby hotel overnight to snare the first queue number on Valentine’s Day.

The center opened its door at 6am to allow the couples to enter instead of waiting in the cold.

There were already 35 couples waiting at the center to say “I do” about 7am. The registration started at 8am, one hour earlier than its normal working time. 

The Minhang Registration Center also opened an hour earlier than usual. Long queues were seen as early as 7:30am.

The earliest couple came to the center at 4:30am.

“It is a special day for us,” said the man surnamed Zhang.

With a bunch of roses in her hand from her boyfriend, 27-year-old secretary Angela Dai said with a sweet smile that she hoped the day would help ensure a long lasting love in her marriage.

She said the couple would have dinner with both families at night as it was also the Lantern Festival. 

This year, Valentine’s Day clashed with the Lantern Festival and created a dilemma for lovers who will have to choose between a romantic candlelit dinner with their partner and a meal with family members.


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