On Sunday, in Mao Zedong’s birthplace of Shaoshan in Hunan Province, on Mao Zedong Square, and in front of a 33-foot tall bronze statue of Mao, 50 newlywed couples declared their eternal love for each other and for The Great Helmsman in a mass red wedding, according to NetEase.
The red lovebirds rode the “Shaoshan Number One” train from Changsha to the revolutionary holy land that is Shaoshan. These were the most elite, most red couples out of some 300 who applied for the honor. Ten of the couples included at least one member who works as a civil servant.
The mass wedding ceremony was a budget affair, in line with the CCP’s call to eliminate extravagance—so basically the opposite of what went on here. It featured as many red decorative items as you could think of: flowers, rugs, and balloons. Unfortunately, Mao himself wasn’t there to congratulate the newlyweds. Which is strange since he’s been so available lately.
It’s also probably relevant to point out that Mao was married four times.
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]