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9.9.09: Wedding-Boom E-mail
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Written by ND
Tens of thousands of couples married on this last Wednesday, 9. September 2009 to take advantage of the "lucky date" 9.9.09. This day brings luck, as it is believed in China.

The number "9" has almost the same sound as the words "long life" in Chinese. Reason enough for chinese fortune tellers to predict a happy and long life if couples marry on this special day. Canton, a south Chinese city, prepared itself for the biggest run of marriage-minded couples since the declaration of the People's Republic, 60 year ago, as  the local canton radio station reported. 6106 couples married in Canton on that last Wednesday.

Similar runs were heard from other cities as well. Hotels and Restaurants were booked out since a long time. In Shanghai for example about 5000 couples got married, and in Tianjin 4000.

And what about the old imperial city Xi'an?

Well, the marriage registration office had to extend its opening hours and moved in more personnel to handle the storm of marriage willing couples. Anyone who was mearby the registration last Wedmesday could see a very, very long line and masses of couples waiting for their turn.

In about 3 weeks a new storm of marriage willing men and women is expected due to the upcoming national holidays that come together with the 60th anniversary of the PRC this year. Having a wedding party on 1. October is a strong wish for most Chinese couples.

But such as many marriages as in 8.8.2008 won't happen this year  for sure. On that day -the opening day of the Olympic games in Beijing- 314 224 (official number) couples decided to enter the state of matrimony. For superstitious Chinese, a triple "8" stands not only for happiness but for wealth as well...

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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