99 Malaysian couples tie the knot in mass ceremony on auspicious day

99 Malaysian couples tie the knot in mass ceremony on auspicious day

A newly-wed couple is blessed by a priest during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur
A newly-wed couple is blessed by a priest during a mass wedding Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sep 9, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Ninety-nine couples tied the knot in a mass wedding ceremony at a Chinese temple in Malaysia on Monday (Sep 9), the ninth day of the ninth month that is considered an auspicious date by ethnic Chinese.

The ceremony at the Thean Hou temple in Kuala Lumpur is an annual event for couples seeking a Buddhist wedding. The number nine in Chinese sounds like the word for "long lasting".

Newlywed couples pose for pictures during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur
Newlywed couples pose for pictures during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Newlywed couples take a vow during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur
Newlywed couples take a vow during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Most of the couples donned black suits and white bridal dresses, but a few opted to wear red, a colour that symbolises luck, joy and happiness in Chinese culture. Red is also a traditional colour worn by Chinese brides.

Holding bouquets of flowers, the couples were blessed by a priest in a red robe before taking their vows. The ceremony ended with a group photograph.

Witnessed by hundreds of relatives and friends, the couples said their vows Monday, an auspicious
Witnessed by hundreds of relatives and friends, the couples said their vows Monday (Sep 9), an auspicious date signifying long-lasting happiness. (Photo: AFP/Mohd Rasfan)

Newlywed couples react during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur
Newlywed couples react during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Newlywed couples kiss during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur
Newlywed couples kiss during a mass wedding in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

Ethnic Chinese account for about 23 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation's population of 32 million people. Roughly a fifth of the population practises Buddhism.

Source: Reuters/zl

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