Mass Wedding for 1960 Couples in Brazil

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Mass Wedding for 1960 Couples in Brazil
Wed 03-12-2014

1960 Brazilian couples have got married at an indoors sports venue in Rio de Janeiro, in the biggest mass wedding in the city's history.

The annual event, promoted by the local authorities, is aimed at helping low-income couples who cannot afford to pay for a wedding.

The authorities in Rio booked special commuter trains for the couples and their guests.

An estimated 12,000 people attended the ceremony at the Maracanazinho arena.

Couples with a monthly family income of up to $1,000 were allowed to take part.

The event has been named "Dia do Sim", or "I Do Day".

"We got up at 06:00. There are so many people and I think we will be here for a while, but I'm very happy," Emerson Moraes, 34, told O Globo newspaper.

Mr Moraes has been with Ana Rosangela Azevedo, 31, since 2010 and earlier this year they decided to formalise their relationship.