SINGAPORE: On an ordinary day, the Registry of Marriages (ROM) usually sees about 35 solemnisations.
But numbers tend to spike on special occasions like Valentine’s Day.
On Thursday, ROM saw 91 solemnisations.
Newly—weds Wang Zhuo and Yang—Liang Ching booked the date three months in advance.
"I think it’s a very auspicious date. I feel that our love will be even more long—lasting," said Yang—Liang Ching.
No figures are available for 2012 but in 2011 over a hundred marriages were registered on February 14.
Interestingly, the highest ever number of marriages — 1,098 — was recorded on Valentine’s Day in 1995 when the Western and Chinese Valentine’s Day coincided.
Other popular dates for marriage solemnisation include the 9th of September — as the Chinese word for "nine" also sounds like "long—lasting".
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