Neighboring residents in eight villages of Anhai town, Fujian province are finally able to tie the knot after officials on November 4 announced the end of a 400-year-old local custom that banned inter-village marriage.
One villager named Su Jingdong said he’d met his girlfriend from another village, but they had to hide their relationship from everyone, even their parents. “Because of the ban, we could only fall in love secretly. And we even didn’t dare to let our parents know about it,” he was quoted as saying in a Sina report.
Su and his girlfriend had previously wanted to get married. They worked up the courage to tell their families, but neither side approved. Su’s father admitted that the family really liked this girl and only disagreed due to criticism they would face because of the ban.
“We have been living so close by but it seemed that we were millions of miles away. The ban has got to stop,” another villager, 75-year-old Suo Tianzuo, said.
By Dina Li