Ninety-nine couples tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony at a Chinese temple in Malaysia on Monday, the ninth day of the ninth month that is considered an auspicious date by ethnic Chinese.
The ceremony at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur is an annual event for couples seeking a Buddhist wedding.
The number nine in Chinese sounds like the word for ‘long lasting’.
Most of the couples donned black suits and white bridal dresses, but a few opted to wear red, a colour that symbolizes luck, joy and happiness in Chinese culture. Red is also a traditional colour worn by Chinese brides.
Holding bouquets of flowers, the couples were blessed by a priest in a red robe before taking their vows. The ceremony ended with a group photograph.
Ethnic Chinese account for about 23 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation’s population of 32 million people. Roughly a fifth of the population practises Buddhism.
‘For me 99 is a special number,’ said Lee Sing Lee, 29, who said his vows to 24-year-old Charlyn Low, an accounts clerk, reports AFP.
‘I want our love to last forever and start a family soon,’ Lee said as he leaned over and kissed his bride under a hot tropical sun.
Rainbow Goh told project consultant Jimmy Wai: ‘We have been in love for the past 12 years and we decided to get married on September 9 so that we can enjoy happiness together forever.’
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