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163 couples married at once in Taiwan on 9/9

September 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than 100 couples got married in Taiwan in one ceremony with the theme "love 99, happiness forever." The 163 couples united Thursday because it was the ninth day of the ninth month of the 99th year since the founding of Taiwan.

The number nine is auspicious in Chinese, because it sounds like the word "longevity."

Taipei's mayor served as the chief witness, and gave out his blessing at 9:09 a.m.

The couples also received blessings from area temples, where bells were rung to celebrate the event.

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