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Thousands marry on Taiwan's 'I Love You' day

Thousands marry on Taiwan's 'I Love You' day

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) More than 4,700 couples registered their marriage throughout Taiwan on Taiwan's "I Love You" day Wednesday, May 20, a date that is considered auspicious for couples to tie the knot. In the Mandarin language, the pronunciation of the words for 520 is similar to the sound of "I love you ???." The Ministry of the Interior (MIO) said that as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, 4,766 marriages had been registered for the day throughout Taiwan, 892 of which were in in New Taipei City, 603 in Taichung, 566 in Kaohsiung, 564 in Taipei, and 466 in Taoyuan City. The total number was expected to rise as some household registration offices had extended their business hours to 8 p.m. Last year, 5,465 couples registered their marriages on May 20. In recent years, many new couples have been picking a special day to register their marriages. In 2011, some 7,050 couples registered their marriages on the first day of the calendar year, a record high for any single day in the past few years, according to MOI statistics. On Sept. 9, 2010, the number of marriage registrations totaled 6,774, as that date has a symbolic meaning in Chinese culture, since the number nine is a homophone of the word for "long lasting" (?) in Mandarin. On the symbolic Oct. 10 date, 5,634 marriages were registered in 2011, while 2,725 were registered on that date the previous year. In Chinese culture, the double ten has a symbolic meaning of completeness (????). Oct. 10 is also the Republic of China's National Day. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-22 11:23 GMT+08:00