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Couples ignore the heat to get married

EVEN the sizzling mercury could not deter the nearly 2,000 couples who turned up at the marriage registration centers in the city yesterday to get an official seal of approval on a date which has an auspicious tinge to it.

August 8 is usually a popular date to say “I do” because the number eight sounds like “strike a fortune” or “wealth” in Chinese.

A total of 1,971 couples claimed their marriage certificates in the city yesterday despite the temperature outside reading 40.2 degrees Celsius.

The turnout is five times the normal daily registration number, which is about 400 on average.

The Qixi Festival, or the Chinese Valentine’s Day, which falls on August 13 this year, is expected to be another busy day at the marriage centers. But rather strangely, only 244 couples had made online reservations by yesterday.

Lovebirds prefer special dates with auspicious meanings instead of festivals, said Yu Weiting, director of the Yangpu District Marriage Registration Center.

On January 4, nearly 7,300 couples tied the knot in the city. The date reads like “forever love” in Chinese.

The second highest date this year was May 20, when 1,758 registered as couples. May 20 has a touch of “I love you” in Chinese.

The record number for marriage registrations in the city was on October 10, 2010, when 10,150 couples became legally wed.

The number “10-10-10” symbolizes “perfection in everything” in Chinese.



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