Lucky day set for first weddings

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 September, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 September, 1997, 12:00am

Wong Tai Sin Temple has set December 13 as the luckiest day of the year for weddings and the date of their first marriage ceremonies.

Applications can be made at the temple's general office from October 4 - but there will probably be time for only 50 weddings that day, each expected to last about 20 minutes.

The date was set after consulting almanacs and the lunar calendar.

It will be the first time a temple has been legally permitted to conduct weddings. Until now, most premises licensed for weddings have been government offices and churches.

Brides and grooms will have a Taoist ceremony in the main temple with joss sticks, offerings of flowers and vegetables and bowing to the gods.

Two witnesses are required and newlyweds will be given a wrapped 20 cent coin for luck.