Auspicious wedding dates turn sour for Chinese

Shanghai, Jan 19 (IANS) Auspicious dates for weddings in China have turned sour for many couples who vowed "until death do us part" as they filed for divorce just days later.

Jan 4 was considered an auspicious day as it sounds like "forever love" in spoken Chinese, the Shanghai Daily reported.

However, many couples got a divorce just after a few days of being married.

Around 7,300 couples were married in Shanghai on that day, which witnessed a marriage boom for its auspicious meaning.

A couple divorced only four days after Jan 4. They called their marriage "a hasty decision" resulting from the craze.

Seven couples who registered for marriage Dec 12, which means "want to love", have also divorced.

Lin Kewu, deputy director of the Shanghai Civil Affairs' marriage administration office, said "flash divorces" among young couples was on the rise as their love does not have a strong foundation and they don't take their marriage vows very seriously.

People born after 1980 were pampered by their parents as China's one-child policy took effect, and they tend to be more self-centred and less tolerant in a marriage than those born earlier, the official said.

"When disputes erupt, neither the husband nor the wife is willing to compromise because they grew up in a similar environment" of a one-child family, she said.

Divorces in Shanghai surged by 13 percent last year. A total of 44,364 couples divorced in 2012, up more than 5,100 from 2011.

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