Only 707 couples tied the knot in Hangzhou yesterday, one fifth of those who got married on last year’s Valentine’s Day which coincided with the traditional Lantern Festival.
Xiaoshan District registered 182 marriages yesterday. The number was 153 in Xihu District and 98 in Yuhang District.
Zhong Congtai, a clerk at the Xiacheng District Marriage Registration Office, said some young people chose to get married on an auspicious or romantic day but came again for divorce not long after that.
“We hope young people can take more time to find the right spouse and don’t make hasty decision because of a special date,” he said.
The sudden drop in marriage registrations may have something to do with Valentine’s closeness to Chinese New Year which falls on February 19 this year. Many migrant workers have gone home for the biggest holiday in China.
Marriage registration offices in six districts extended their service hours yesterday in case more people came on the Valentine’s Day.
Source: Hangzhou International Center