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Double happiness for 245 couples today

Published on Feb 14, 2014 7:15 AM

There are 245 couples booked to get married at the Registry of Marriages today, many more than the usual 35 to 50 couples who choose weekday ceremonies.

For many, today holds a promise of "double happiness" because Valentine's Day coincides with the 15th day of the Chinese New Year - chap goh meh - which is regarded as the Chinese Valentine's Day.

But for the mostly Chinese couples seeking an extra-special wedding date, March 1 is far more popular this year - there will be 455 marriages solemnised on that Saturday.

The reason is that 1-3-14 in Mandarin sounds like yi sheng yi shi, which means "a lifetime of love". And this auspicious- sounding date comes round only once a century.

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