Couples flocked to register marriages on Friday, China’s auspicious day of love. Did you feel it in the air?*
The date 2014-1-3, when expressed in Mandarin, sounds similar to ài nǐ yīshì yīshēng, or “I love you a lifetime”.
Marriage registration offices across the country saw higher than usual numbers of couples coming in to document their marriages. China Daily reports that by 4 a.m. on Friday morning, 309 couples had already registered in Beijing’s Haidian district, up from 100 on the same day last year.
Many believe that marking anniversaries on the phonetically pleasing date brings good blessings.
“We had considered getting married on Jan 4, 2013, but conditions were not ripe at that time. It’s the same to do the registration on Jan 3, 2014,” newlywed Deng Li told China Daily.
In addition to those dates, Jan 1, 2014, was also considered by many as a lucky date to register for marriage because it marks the transition from 2013 to 2014, which, similar to the other dates, sounds like “a lifetime” in Chinese. It translates to “an appointment for a lifetime”.
In Shanghai, 1,330 couples got married, up hundreds from the same day in 2013.
One more thing:
Last year, three of the nearly 7,300 couples in Shanghai who got married on Jan 4, 2013, divorced within two weeks after the magical “love you for a lifetime” date, according to Shanghai-based Youth Daily. One of the couples went back to the government office for a divorce after only four days.
*Just the smog particles then. CARRY ON.