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Couples rush to tie the knot on auspicious days
    2018-08-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AS the Qixi Festival is around the corner, many young lovers in Shenzhen have planned to tie the knot at marriage registration offices on this special day, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

The festival, which falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, is considered Chinese Valentine’s Day as the cowherd and weaver girl meet on the day once a year in mythology. This year’s festival falls on Friday.

In addition to the Qixi Festival, Aug. 8 and Sept. 9 are also favored by many to-be-weds, as the numbers 8 and 9 are viewed as auspicious in Chinese. The former denotes prosperity while the latter means long-lasting or longevity.

Reservations for marriage registration on the Qixi Festival are almost full at present, while those for Sept. 9 are already full, according to the marriage registration offices across the city.

“I didn’t get a reservation for Aug. 8, because I was too busy. I didn’t want to miss the good day again so I immediately made a reservation when July came,” said a woman surnamed Li. She plans to tie the knot with her boyfriend on the Qixi Festival.

A man surnamed Cai also decided to get married this Friday, which also happens to be his girlfriend’s birthday. “It’s a blessing that we will get married on this remarkable day,” said Cai.

As of Monday, a small number of reservations for the Qixi Festival were still available at the marriage registration offices in Yantian District, Guangming New Area and Dapeng New Area. Reservations are full in other districts.

According to the marriage registration offices, those who fail to make a reservation can also go to the office on the day to register. The staffers will try their best to handle the applications while serving those with reservations first.

(Zhang Yu)

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