550 couples wed en mass in Nicaragua

2013-02-15 11:01
Couples take part in a mass civil wedding of over 550 couples held in Managua, on Valentine's Day. (Hector Retamel, AFP)

Couples take part in a mass civil wedding of over 550 couples held in Managua, on Valentine's Day. (Hector Retamel, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Managua - A public square in Nicaragua became an improvised wedding chapel on Thursday for 550 couples who took their marriage vows en masse on Valentine's Day.

Mass weddings have become a tradition in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua since they began a decade ago.

Sponsored by the government and a radio station, and broadcast on television, the ceremony in the Plaza Maya square featured brides in white dresses and grooms in suits.

Bride Lilieth Obando said on Thursday that the mass ceremony was a big help for couples like her and groom Leoncio Martinez. They had lived together for two years, but didn't have the money for a private wedding.

A smaller Valentine's Day group wedding was held on Thursday in Peru, where 24 couples were married at the same time on a beach north of Lima.

The Peruvian couples, clothed all in white and wearing flowers around their necks, then toured the coast in boats.

Local mayor John Barrera reread the couples' pledges while they were afloat, and the newlyweds responded "Yes!" in unison.

Three of the couples celebrated by hurling themselves into the water.

- AP
Read more on:    nicaragua
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!

Who would have guessed the world’s least visited country would have such spectacular beaches?

 
 

I love summer.24

LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.