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10.9.09

Thousands of young Chinese flocked to get married on Wednesday believing that the date 9/9/9 will guarantee a life on cloud nine for them.
Though Wednesdays are not the popular days in China to enter wedlock, but an estimated 10,000 couples rushed to get hitched as "nine, nine, nine" or "Jiu, Jiu" in Chinese also means for a long time. The couples believe that the date considered extremely lucky in Chinese society will bring longevity to their wedding and life, China Daily reported. Hundreds of people were quoted as saying, "Today has three nines symbolising extreme good luck."
"We want to be happy throughout our lives and this triple nine day will give it to us," Li Shaozhong, a 28-year-old engineer who is one of those lucky to get married said. Hundreds of others changed the date of their wedlock saying that though they had planned to get married much earlier, they changed to 9/9/9 as they believe it would fetch them luck and fortune. The number of youngsters tied the knot on Wednesday, China Daily said would surpass the previous highest total of people who got married on 8/8/8, which was also considered an auspicious day in Chinese calendar.
The paper reeling out figures said 3,500 couples had made online booking to marry in Beijing, another 5,000 in Shanghai and 6,100 couples registered to get married in Guangzhou.

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