KLANG: One hundred and thirty-eight couples took their marital vows here yesterday –the 3rd day of the 3rd month of the third year in the millennium, a date that has a special significance for the Chinese.
On their marriage certificates too will be printed the date “030303,” a date that occurs once in a 1,000 years.
The number “3” (or sang in Cantonese) rhymes with the word life and prosperity.
Klang Hokkien Association assistant marriage registrar Lee Yuh Shoo, who solemnised the marriages at 10.33am, said the couples had chosen this auspicious date believing that it would bring good tidings.
He said it was equally important that the newly-weds gave priority to building a loving relationship with each other.
“It is vital for young couples to practise patience, understanding and to keep the feeling of love for each other in good times and even in difficult situations,” he said, adding that “marriage is a like a bottle of fine wine, it gets better with age.”
Electrician Lim Tau Seong, 32, and Carol Lee, 26, said they wanted to be married yesterday because their chance meeting with each other was on March 3rd three years ago.
Businessman Harry Wong Hon Meng, 29, and his bride Kueh Swee Kin, 26, decided to wed yesterday as they wanted to be part of a mass wedding.
“We find it exciting to be married together with other couples as it lends a kind of festive mood,” he said.
Nanyang Siang Pau’s Klang branch journalist Jimmy Ng Yee Min married his college sweetheart Chong Mey Fong yesterday, saying it was a special day.
Both, aged 27, fell in love while studying at TAR College.
In Ipoh, two sisters decided to make their wedding an extra special occasion by marrying their sweethearts on the same day yesterday.
They were among 30 couples who tied the knots at the Ipoh Chin Woo Athletic Association here.
Clerk Ng Ai Ping, 29, said she had always been close to her older sister Ai Thai and that when the latter decided to register on March 3, she also decided to follow suit.
Ai Ping, who first met her husband Teoh Cheng Ming, 33, nine years ago, was accompanied by friends who had come as far as China and Singapore to attend the occasion.
Ai Thai, 32, who married salesman Lim Hoi Chun, 37, said March 3 was an especially auspicious date to tie the knot.
For technician Leong Meng Kong, 25, persistence was what won him the bride Tiong May Sze, 24, and they were married on the day of his birthday.
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