Do you know why May 20 is an important and meaningful day for Chinese couples?
Because the pronunciation of 520 (wǔ èr líng) is very similar to “I love you” (我愛你 wǒ ài nǐ), May 20 became a special day for Chinese couples to spend time together and celebrate their love.
So on that day, many people propose to their loved ones, and couples choose to get married. For those who are single or have no one to propose to, May 20 can still be fun and heartwarming because you can always see romantic, memorable moments happening around you and beautiful love stories shared online.
Here’s a great example! This Golden Wedding ceremony for 12 couples was held in Changsha on May 20. What’s so unique about it is that they are not the typical brides and grooms we normally see, but old married couples who’ve held each others’ hands more than half a century and are “remarrying” each other so long after their marriage.
Although it’s a remarrying ceremony, the wedding did not miss a single step or tradition of the Chinese wedding ceremony, like grooms escorting the brides, brides and grooms bowing to heaven and earth, and drinking cross-cupped wine.
However, the older generations in China are more introverted when it comes to love which is deeper in the mind and rarely expressed openly. So when asked to say “I love you” to their other halves, they look a bit shy but obviously enjoyed doing so. Apparently the wedding reminded them of those sweet days in their youth, and the couples feel good and happy.