Houston Community News >> Chinese Couples Eager to Wed on Olympics Start Date

6/21/2008 -- Beijing is seeing a surge of couples registering to tie the knot on the auspicious Olympics opening date of Aug. 8, state media reported Saturday.

The eighth day of the eighth month of 2008 is considered especially propitious because the number eight symbolizes wealth and good fortune in Chinese folklore.

The city's director of marriage registrations has promised to hand out marriage licenses to every one of the more than 9,000 couples who have registered so far to wed on the lucky day, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

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