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Numbers add up for couples tying the knot

YESTERDAY'S auspicious date for marriage saw 20 times more couples than usual tie the knot in Shanghai, but numbers were still well short of the city record.

Around 5,000 couples drew their marriage certificates, compared to around 250 on an ordinary date, said the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau.

But this was only about half the number of registrations recorded on October 10 last year - Shanghai's record.

Many couples believe that yesterday's date - 11/11/11 - is auspicious and signifies "whole-heartedness."

Moreover, November 11 is "Singles Day," and the city's young people consider it a significant date to bid farewell to their previous life.

"We chose the date last year when we decided to get married," said Zhu Jingfang, a bride living in Jing'an District. "We heard that many people had the same idea, so we booked the date last month."

Last year, 10,150 couples married at the city's registration offices on October 10, the most on a single day, as the date 10/10/10 symbolizes "perfection in everything."

"I didn't think the record would be broken," Shen Mengju, an official at Jing'an District Marriage Registration Office, said yesterday.

"Perfection in everything is always better than anything else," Shen said.

While some people were tying the knot yesterday, singles were not forgotten.

Metro Line 11 yesterday ran a Single's Day train at 11:11am - but attracted just 10 passengers.

However, 10,000 singletons are expected to descend on a residential complex in Songjiang District this weekend for a huge matchmaking party.


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