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Couples in Taiwan take part in mass wedding

September 10, 2010

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— One hundred sixty-three couples in Taiwan were married in a mass ceremony at 9:09 a.m. on the ninth day of the ninth month of the 99th year since the founding of their republic.

The word for nine in Chinese sounds exactly like the word for longevity, so there was method in the decision by Taipei city authorities to organize the nine-nine-nine-nine-nine-nine nuptials when they did.

Taipei Mayor Hau Long-bin, naturally dressed to the nines, was all smiles during Thursday’s event, going the whole nine yards to make everyone feel the true weight of the occasion.

“I congratulate all the couples,” he said.

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