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50 Chinese couples marry in Sri Lanka in mass ceremony

The ceremony in Colombo on Sunday was attended by Sri Lankan politicians and diplomats from both nations.

Published: 17th December 2017 07:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th December 2017 12:54 AM   |  A+A-

| AFP

By PTI

COLOMBO: Clad in traditional Chinese, Western and Sri Lankan costumes, 50 Chinese couples were married at a mass ceremony in Sri Lanka's capital to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to promote the island nation as a tourist destination.

The ceremony in Colombo on Sunday was attended by Sri Lankan politicians and diplomats from both nations. A number of Chinese nationals attended as well.

Soon after the couples arrived in decorated cars, the ceremony began with traditional Sri Lankan drummers and dancers blowing conch shells as a symbol of auspiciousness and performing a welcome dance.

The couples exchanged rings and had their fingers tied together and water poured over them as a sign of unity and purity.



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