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Mass wedding for 100 couples set for New Year's Day 2011

2010/12/04 18:31:35

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will host a jointwedding for 100 couples Jan. 1, 2011 as part of the New Year's Dayflag-raising ceremony, one of a series of events organized by thegovernment to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of theRepublic of China.

The couples will also be allowed to have their wedding photostaken in the Presidential Office -- the first time the tightlyguarded building will be opened to the public for such an activity.

A pre-wedding briefing was held Saturday for the couples.

Wu Teh-liang, a groom-to-be who was first to register for themass wedding, said he was encouraged by his future in-laws to takepart "to show his sincerity."

He eventually succeeded in getting the No. 1 designation bysending his registration form simultaneously using five different faxmachines with the help of his colleagues.

Lee Ming-lung, another groom-to-be, said he had only dated hisgirlfriend for three months when he saw the mass weddingadvertisement in August. He decided to pop the question and becamethe 70th successful registrant.

(By Garfie Li and Y.F. Low)