Chinese couple rushed to marry on 'Love You Forever' Day on 4th Jan

London, Jan. 7 (ANI): Thousands of Chinese couples queued at registry offices across China on 4th January, 2013, in the hope that marrying on that date would bring them lasting romance.

The rush came because the Mandarin for 4 January 2013 sounds similar to the phrase 'I will love you all my life'.

At least 10,000 couples were due to tie the knot in Beijing, with many more coming without an appointment, the BBC reports.

A similar wedding rush took place on 12 December 2012, which was the century's final repeating date.

Extra government staff had to be deployed to cope with the number of people coming to get married.

According to the report, couples in the southern island province of Hainan even braced bad weather and lined up in the rain, waiting for their chance to say 'I do'. (ANI)