September 9, 2009

Weddings surge for 9/9/09

Officials in China and other countries said weddings reservations surged Wednesday due to the perceived luck of the date -- which numerically reads 9/9/09.

Authorities in Shanghai, China's largest city, said nearly 5,000 couples booked Wednesday weddings in advance while more than 6,100 made reservations in Guangzhou, The Times of London reported Wednesday.

CNN reported 10,000 couples were expected to marry Wednesday in Beijing.

In Malaysia, more than 500 people participated in a mass wedding at the Thean Hou Buddhist temple in Kuala Lumpur, The Times said.

Chinese officials said Sept. 9 is always a popular day for weddings, as jiu jiu, Chinese for nine nine, also translates to for a long time. They said the extra 9 in Wednesday's date gives it extra significance.

Meanwhile, in the United States, the Stratosphere in Las Vegas is offering $99.09 wedding packages for 99 couples participating in a group wedding at 9:09 p.m., the Las Vegas Sun reported. Other locations offering $99 wedding packages Wednesday in Las Vegas include the La Bella Wedding Chapel and Madame Tussauds at the Venetian.