Mass Wedding in HCM City Unites 80+ Low-income Couples

The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Workers Support Centre organized the mass wedding as a celebration for the 93rd anniversary of the Vietnamese Women's Day.

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Mass weddings are becoming more popular among couples who want to tie the knot but do not have the funds to have their dream wedding. Mass weddings have taken over the wedding industry. The Ho Chi Minh City Youth Workers Support Centre organized a mass wedding ceremony for 82 couples on Vietnamese Women’s Day (October 20) to help less well-off workers have a proper ceremony, VNS reported.

HCM City: Over 80 Low-income Couples Marry at Mass Wedding
The couples offer flowers to President Ho Chi Minh at his statue at Ho Chi Minh Statue Park in front of the City Hall. Photo: SGGP

The low-income couples work in HCM City and neighbouring localities, face difficulties and are unable to afford their own weddings, according to the HCM City Youth Workers Support Centre under the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU).

They are disadvantaged and disabled workers, teachers, military officers, and laborers in industrial parks, export processing zones, schools and various organizations.

The couples received a wedding package, including wedding clothes, an Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress), wedding rings and flowers, health care vouchers, make-up, photography services and other gifts.

HCM City: Over 80 Low-income Couples Marry at Mass Wedding
The disabled couple, Bui Thanh Thuan (R) and Nguyen Thi La express their joy at the mass wedding. Photo: SGGP

After offering flowers in tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his statue in front of the City Hall, they joined a street parade with the city’s leaders on double-decker buses and then a wedding party held at Long Bien Palace in Go Vap District.

In August, the HCM City Youth Worker Support Centre held the 2023 Couple Run marathon with the participation of more than 2,000 runners to raise funds for the mass wedding program this year.

These couples aren’t the first to take part in a mass wedding. During the past 16 years, the center has supported agencies, organizations, and business communities in the city to organize mass weddings and so far 1,156 couples have benefited.

Hannah Nguyen