Most weddings in a single day-China sets world
BEIJING, China -- At least 314,224 couples tied the
knot across China on Friday, or 08/08/08, the opening day
of the 29th Olympic Games-seting the world record for the
Most weddings in a single day.
Photo:A total of 19 pairs of newlyweds
from 12 cities of China hold a romantic group wedding on the
sea in Olympic co-host city Qinhuangdao, north China's Hebei
Province /Xinhua/Gong Zhihong (enlarge
In Beijing alone, the host city of the Olympics,
15,646 couples were married, 23 times the daily average.
As expected, that was a one-day record for
marriages since 1949, when the People's Republic of China
was founded, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Saturday.
The previous one-day record for marriages in the
capital was 4,452 on Dec. 18, 2006, which had one eight in
it by the Western calendar. Under the lunar calendar, it was
Oct. 28, which had two eights.
Major Chinese cities saw a surge of applications
to wed on Friday, either for the triple-eight symbolism or
to catch an "Olympic wedding".
Photo:The new couple (Front) hold
a special wedding ceremony to promote environment-friendly
and economical wedding, in Huai'an, east China's Jiangsu Province,
Aug. 8, 2008, the opening day of the Beijing Olympic Games./
The ministry held a special meeting on Tuesday
asking local authorities to increase staff, use volunteers,
work longer hours and open more offices to cope with the surge.
Some registration offices in Beijing and Tianjin worked
around the clock to meet demand.
The Chaoyang District office in eastern Beijing registered
a couple shortly after it opened for business at midnight.
On Aug. 8 last year, 3,390 couples were married
in Beijing, making it the second most popular date after Dec.
The last rush for marriage registrations
was on Sept. 9, 1999. Nine in Chinese means "eternity."
The number eight symbolizes wealth,
fortune and luck for Chinese. Many choose dates with the number
to start a business, marry, deliver babies or undertake some
other significant step. People also pay extra to have it in
phone numbers or vehicle license plates.
- There are 8 furlongs in a mile
- Spiders and arachnids have 8 legs, and
an octopus has 8 tentacles
- Hanukkah lasts for 8 days in the Jewish
- The Beatles had a #1 single titled '8 days
- The symbol for infinity is a figure of 8, rotated
- The figure 8 is often referred to in ice skating
- 8 is the atomic number for Oxygen(O) on the
- In Asian cultures 8 sounds like the words wealth
and prosper so therefore it is considered to be a very lucky
Monday, August 11, 2008