Hong Kong, Singapore, China mark 12/12/12 with mass weddings
HONG KONG (AFP) - Thousands of couples in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China flocked on Wednesday to tie the knot on 12/12/12, seeking good fortune for marriages begun on the century's last repeating date.
Authorities in Hong Kong and Singapore respectively said 696 and 540 couples were scheduled to attend marriage registries, continuing a trend which has seen couples flocking to marry on 11/11/11 and 10/10/10 in both cities.
The figure is a near-fourfold increase compared to the daily average in the self-governing Chinese city of Hong Kong and about an eightfold spike for non-Muslim weddings in Singapore, which is three-quarters ethnic Chinese.
Couples also queued to marry in many mainland Chinese cities, on the basis that 12/12/12 sounded like "Will love/will love/will love" in Chinese, the official news agency Xinhua reported.