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Lovers likely to tie the knot on key dates

CIVIL affairs officials said yesterday that they were accepting marriage registrations for December 31 and January 1 because the last two numbers of the two years (13 and 14) sound like “love for a lifetime” in Chinese — a blessing for those  wanting to tie the knot.

On the Internet, many netizens said they would express love to their sweethearts during the countdown on the last day of the year.

Some of them are keen to get their marriage certificates to ensure their “lifelong love.”

Chen Zhanbiao, director of the marriage registration division of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, said the two days will definitely attract lovers keen to register their bond on those days, but said the numbers are unlikely to be record high.

Chen said one of the reasons for that is the number of newly weds in the city was decreasing.

In 2012, the number of new couples in Shanghai was down by 2.91 percent from 2011.

Chen said the figure for 2013, which hasn’t been released yet, will likely be even lower.

The director said the number of marriage registrations in Shanghai will continue to drop before 2020 due to the one-child policy the country introduced in the 1980s.

People who were born in the 1980s are now in their 20s and early 30s — an age range when the Chinese usually get married. But on the other hand, Chen said people have preference for dates which have an added meaning that draw a lot of couples keen to make their commitment for life.



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