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10/6/2006  -- Loh Soo Hoe met his girlfriend during their varsity days, while his brother bumped into a girl at a seaside resort while on holiday.

Yesterday, Soo Hoe and his elder brother, Soo Eng, exchanged marriage vows with their sweethearts in a mass wedding. The brothers were among 88 couples who tied the knot at the Penang Chinese Town Hall and the Penang Moral Uplifting Society.

Yesterday was the 15th day of the eighth month on the lunar calendar, considered by the Chinese as a good day for marriage. It coincides with the Mid-Autumn or Lantern Festival.

They also believe the full moon on the night of the 15th symbolizes complete harmony, unity and luck, the essence of a long-lasting marriage. Soo Hoe, 26, married Mok Wan Siah, also 26, while his brother exchanged vows with Lai Saw Chin, both 28. Soo Hoe, a marketing executive, said: "It is a good day for the Chinese and that is why we chose to get married now."

Town hall honorary secretary Neoh Chong Poh said it had been hosting mass weddings during the Mooncake Festival and Valentine’s Day for the past six years.

(Contributed by New Straits Times)