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Chinese cities see marriage registration boom on May 20, the 'new Valentines'

BY :Global Times

UPDATED :2024-05-23

Marriage registration offices in multiple regions nationwide were busy offering registry services for the newlyweds on Monday, May 20. The day gained its popularity in the last decade as the pronunciation of the number "520" sounds like "I love you" in Chinese and is regarded as a "new Valentine's Day".

In addition to regular procedures such as taking oaths and having photos taken, many couples also opted for traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies to experience the charm of traditional culture.

Many marriage registration offices across the country were fully booked in advance on May 20 and May 21, so they announced that they would implement measures such as working overtime and increasing staff to ensure smooth services.

Some local civil affairs authorities also integrated traditional Chinese culture into marriage registration services to attract more young people. In Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province, a water wedding ceremony themed around Song Dynasty (960-1279) culture was held on May 18, with 10 couples participating in the event and more than 10,000 people watching, according to Guangdong authorities.

Photos: Guangzhou Daily

Editor: Annie