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Tying the knot on Valentine’s Day

LOVEBIRDS are lining up to tie the knot this Valentine’s Day with more than 1,100 couples making reservations at marriage centers across the city.

The Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau said about 1,175 couples — four times the number than on a normal day — had reserved the date by 5pm yesterday, with Hongkou District (220), Changning District (176) and Zhabei District (118) topping the list.

This year, the Valentine’s Day, which falls on Friday, clashes with the Lantern Festival, creating a dilemma for lovers who will have to choose between a romantic candlelit dinner with their partner, or a meal with their folks at a traditional family get-together.

But it also gives a chance for some to exchange vows because it is considered both lucky and auspicious.

In the olden times, the Lantern Festival was an opportunity for girls to spot their Mr Right while appreciating the lanterns on the streets.

It is expected that more couples will get their marriage certificates on Friday because a reservation is not a pre-requisite for registration.

On January 4, 2013, nearly 7,300 couples said “I do” in the city. The date sounded like “forever love” in Chinese.

The record number for marriage registrations on a single day was on October 10, 2010, when 10,150 couples tied the knot. The number 10-10-10 symbolized “perfection in everything” in Chinese.



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