Valentine’s Day nuptials: Hundreds wed at a mass ceremony in Mexico

With tears in their eyes and smiles beneath their face masks, more than 660 couples tied the knot on Monday at a Valentine’s Day mass wedding in Mexico.

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A MASS WEDDING IS ‘TRADITION’ FOR SOME

The newlyweds included Francisco Calvo, 74, and Rosalba Silva, 67 – two widowers who met five years ago.

“I didn’t think I would have another chance, but love arrived because love arrived,” Silva said, smiling next to her new husband at the ceremony in a suburb of Mexico City.

For Jonathan Garcia, a mass wedding is almost a family custom.

“Two of my sisters in my family have already been married this way and we saw they were happy so we said ‘let’s continue the tradition,’” the 40-year-old said.

Couples kiss during a collective wedding celebration at the esplanade of the Municipal Palace of Nezahualcoyotl in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, on 14 February 2022. Around 661 couples contracted civil marriages on the free collective wedding celebration event called ‘Por Amor a Neza 2022’. Image: Alfredo Estrella / AFP

PERKS OF A MASS WEDDING CEREMONEY

What the mass wedding lacks in intimacy it makes up for with perks such as free marriage certificates, said Maria Darinka Rendon, a council official in Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl.

“Gathering 661 families in one place was quite a challenge,” she admitted.

But it is worth it for what is “a very emotional event, for the spouses, for the families and for us who are going to witness it,” she added.

Couples are seen during a collective wedding celebration at the esplanade of the Municipal Palace of Nezahualcoyotl in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, on February 14, 2022. Around 661 couples contracted civil marriages on the free collective wedding celebration event called ‘Por Amor a Neza 2022’. Image: Alfredo Estrella / AFP

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