50 Chinese couples marry in Sri Lanka in mass ceremony

50 Chinese couples marry in Sri Lanka in mass ceremony

COLOMBO - The Associated Press
50 Chinese couples marry in Sri Lanka in mass ceremony

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.

China, Sri Lanka, Marriage